Crusaders 3
Ballymena United 2
League (IFA Premiership)


Crusaders 

3 - 2

Ballymena United


League (IFA Premiership)
Saturday, October 15th, 2011
Seaview
Attendance: 675
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Jordan Owens (8)
Jordan Owens (22)
Colin Coates (61)
Aaron Boyd (4)
David Munster (73)

Team Managers
Stephen Baxter Roy Walker

Starting Eleven
Sean O'Neill
Colin Coates
David Magowan
Gareth McKeown
Matthew Hazley
Aidan Watson
Declan Caddell
Stuart Dallas
David Rainey
Jordan Owens
Ciaran Gargan
Wayne Drummond .20
Mark Surgenor .13
Richard Vauls .4
David Munster .16
Curtis Woods .18
Aaron Stewart .6
Allan Jenkins .10
Alan Teggart .12
Conor Downey .15
Gary McCutcheon .9
Aaron Boyd .21

Bench
Michael Halliday
David McMaster
Paul Leeman
Matthew Snoddy
Chris Morrow
Tony Kane .2
Christopher Rodgers .26
Gavin Taggart .8
Eamonn Murray .7
James Costello .17

Substitutions
David McMaster for Matthew Hazley (60)
Chris Morrow for David Rainey (75)
Paul Leeman for Jordan Owens (80)
James Costello for Aaron Boyd (49)
Eamonn Murray for Conor Downey (62)
Tony Kane for Richard Vauls (83)

Cautions
Aidan Watson (57)
Chris Morrow (76)
Richard Vauls (39)
Mark Surgenor (71)

Red Cards
Colin Coates (79) None.

Match Officials

Raymond Crangle (Belfast) (Referee)



Match Report


BALLYMENA United surrendered their 100% away record on Saturday away to Crusaders in an entertaining five goal fixture.

The Sky Blues shocked their hosts as early as the fourth minute by taking the lead in rather fortuitous circumstances when Aaron Boyd's long range effort was fumbled into the goal by former United goalkeeper Sean O'Neill.

That lead only lasted for three minutes though as Jordan Owens found himself unmarked at the back post to level the scores from a Dallas cross and a David Rainey flick on.

Referee Raymond Crangle was at the centre of the first moment of controversy on 20 minutes when he awarded an indirect free-kick to Crusaders after he deemed Davy Munster's sliced clearance to be a backpass when goalkeeper Wayne Drummond lifted the ball much to an incensed United bench.

From the resulting free-kick, the Crues took the lead when Matty Hazley eventually found Jordan Owens again lurking at the back-post to tap home amidst a host of calls for offside from the Ballymena United players.

The Braidmen didn't give in though and forced O'Neill into a fine double save when McCutcheon and Boyd went close in quick succession and full-back Curtis Woods also went close when his cross-come-shot rattled the crossbar.

Captain Colin Coates added a third after Ballymena failed to clear their lines on 61 minutes when he found space to pick his spot and drill an effort out of the reach of Wayne Drummond to increase the lead for Stephen Baxter's men.

United rallied and pulled a goal back on 73 minutes when Ally Teggart's corner was powerfully headed home by Davy Munster for his first goal for the Sky Blues.

Amazingly Roy Walkers' side had the chance to draw level three minutes later when substitute Chris Morrow held back United captain Allan Jenkins and Crangle pointed to the penalty spot. However, O'Neill redeemed himself for his earlier mistake when he saved well from Gary McCutcheon's penalty to prevent the equalizer and the Scotsman's potential fifteenth goal of the season.

Crusaders finished the game with ten men though as the volatile Coates was instantly sent off for an horrendous lunge at the feet of Ally Teggart on 79 minutes. Unfortunately the Sky Blues couldn't take advantage of the extra man and force an equalizer.

Match report written by Official Ballymena United website



Squad Statistics (as at October 15th, 2011)


2011-2012 All Time
Age
Wayne Drummond (GK)19 7 - 7 -
Richard Vauls21 8181
Aaron Stewart21 1411093
Curtis Woods19 4 - 4 -
Mark Surgenor25 1228911
David Munster32 8181
Allan Jenkins30 131131
Conor Downey29 8 - 8 -
Alan Teggart24 142142
Aaron Boyd20 52134
Gary McCutcheon33 15145929
Tony Kane (sub)24 112112
Eamonn Murray (sub)23 7 - 4510
James Costello (sub)25 11 - 11 -



League Table (as at October 15th, 2011)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Portadown 12 9 1 2 17 28
2. Linfield 11 9 0 2 18 27
3. Crusaders 12 6 2 4 3 20
4. Cliftonville 12 6 2 4 2 20
5. Glentoran 11 6 1 4 10 19
6. Coleraine 12 4 5 3 7 17
7. Donegal Celtic 12 5 2 5 -6 17
8. BALLYMENA UTD 12 4 2 6 -6 14
9. Distillery 12 3 2 7 -14 11
10. Dungannon 12 2 4 6 -8 10
11. Carrick 12 3 1 8 -16 10
12. Glenavon 12 2 2 8 -7 8

* - Table split into two divisions of six.