Ballymena United 2
Donegal Celtic 2
League (IFA Premiership)


Ballymena United
2 - 2
Donegal Celtic 

League (IFA Premiership)
Saturday, December 31st, 2011
Ballymena Showgrounds
Attendance: 646
2:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
David Munster (45)
Aaron Stewart (59)
Stephen McAlorum (17)
Paul McVeigh (65)

Team Managers
Joe McCall
Paddy Kelly

Starting Eleven
20. Wayne Drummond
2. Tony Kane
16. David Munster
6. Aaron Stewart
4. Richard Vauls
11. Rory Carson
15. Conor Downey
8. Gavin Taggart
12. Alan Teggart
14. Jordan Baker
9. Gary McCutcheon
Robert Robinson
Jonathan Harkness
Paul Bradley
Kieran O'Connor
Kevin Keegan
Stephen McAlorum
Liam Bradley
Eamon McAllister
Mark Burns
Ryan Henderson
Paul McVeigh

Bench
26. Christopher Rodgers
18. Curtis Woods
22. Eoin Gillan
17. James Costello
24. Neil Lowry
Darren Murray
Ciaran Murray
Darren McNamee
Declan O'Hara
Jonathan Gowdy

Substitutions
Neil Lowry for Conor Downey (37)
James Costello for Jordan Baker (82)
Darren Murray for Kieran O'Connor (77)

Cautions
Gavin Taggart (20)
Neil Lowry (80)
Stephen McAlorum (33)
Paul Bradley (61)
Jonathan Harkness (69)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Hugh Carvill (Referee)




Match Report


INCOMING Ballymena United boss Glenn Ferguson watched his new side settle for a point at home to Donegal Celtic this afternoon.

Ferguson officially takes charge after the game but was unveiled in a post-match press conference and introduced to the fans at the break.

Stephen McAlorum edged Celtic in front on 17 minutes with a powerful back post header from a Johnny Harkness free-kick on the right flank.

But with Rory Carson and Conor Downey threatening with half chances it seemed only a matter of time before United crafted an equaliser.

It duly arrived in first half stoppage time through skipper Davy Munster who got his head to a corner to direct the ball beyond Robert Robinson.

And the Sky Blues moved in front on 59 minutes. Aaron Stewart carried the ball out of defence, laid it off to Gary McCutcheon on the halfway line but continued with his surge forward to collect the ball closer to goal and coolly turn it past Robinson.

However, DC grabbed their second on 65 minutes when, from a right-sided corner, Paul McVeigh headed past Wayne Drummond at the near post.

Match report written by Official IFA Premiership Website



Squad Statistics (as at December 31st, 2011)


2011-2012 All Time
Age
Wayne Drummond (GK)19 19 - 19 -
Tony Kane24 192192
David Munster32 182182
Aaron Stewart22 2721224
Richard Vauls21 181181
Rory Carson21 9 - 232
Conor Downey29 19 - 19 -
Gavin Taggart27 13 - 713
Alan Teggart25 263263
Jordan Baker22 236236
Gary McCutcheon33 28237238
Neil Lowry (sub)18 4 - 5 -
James Costello (sub)25 15 - 15 -



League Table (as at December 31st, 2011)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Linfield 24 18 1 5 30 55
2. Portadown 23 16 2 5 27 50
3. Cliftonville 24 15 3 6 17 48
4. Coleraine 24 11 9 4 16 42
5. Glentoran 23 11 5 7 20 38
6. Crusaders 23 11 5 7 11 38
7. Donegal Celtic 24 9 3 12 -19 30
8. BALLYMENA UTD 23 7 4 12 -13 25
9. Dungannon 24 4 8 12 -21 20
10. Carrick 24 4 6 14 -30 18
11. Glenavon 24 4 5 15 -14 17
12. Distillery 24 4 5 15 -24 17

* - Table split into two divisions of six.