Ballymena United 2
Carrick Rangers 0
League (NIFL Premiership)


Ballymena United
2 - 0
Carrick Rangers 

League (NIFL Premiership)
Saturday, November 12th, 2016
Ballymena Showgrounds
Attendance: 839
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Kyle Owens (77)
William Faulkner (90)
None.

Team Managers
David Jeffrey
Unknown.

Starting Eleven
1. Ross Glendinning
4. Kyle Owens
21. Jim Ervin
17. Daniel Wallace
5. Jonathan Flynn
2. Tony Kane
6. Denver Gage
12. William Faulkner
10. Allan Jenkins
14. Cathair Friel
27. Jonathan McMurray
Brian Neeson
Lee Chapman
Patrick McNally
Mark Surgenor
Steven McCullough
Jonathan Wilson
Thomas Murray
Martin Murray
Tiarnan McNicholl
Fra Rice
Adam Salley

Bench
38. Ben McCauley
34. Caolan Loughran
15. Eoin Kane
23. Leroy Millar
9. Darren Henderson
Glenn Taggart
Gary Lavery
Nathan Hanley
? Kelly
Chris Morrow

Substitutions
Eoin Kane for Jonathan Flynn (13)
Leroy Millar for Jonathan McMurray (76)
Nathan Hanley for Martin Murray (56)
Glenn Taggart for Jonathan Wilson (83)
Gary Lavery for Lee Chapman (87)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Steven Taylor (Referee)


Match Report


BALLYMENA United put Tuesday night's defeat behind them with a hard fought 2-0 win over Carrick Rangers.

A minutes silence was held prior to kick off to mark Armistice Day and was impeccably served by both sets of fans.

Carrick started the brighter, with Ross Glendinning forced into two early saves to deny first Tiaran McNicholl inside the first minute, then TJ Murray two minutes later.

Ballymena nearly took the lead on 9 minutes after a thumping Tony Kane volley from the edge of the box went inches over the Carrick bar. Ballymena were forced into an early substitution as Johnny Flynn was unable to continue after picking up an injury, and was replaced by Eoin Kane.

United's best move of a quiet first half came after 20 minutes when a flowing attack couldn't quite be finished off by an audacious back heel attempt by Willie Faulkner. Ballymena managed another chance minutes before half time. A mistake by United old boy Paddy McNally allowed an injury hampered Johnny McMurray in but he was thwarted by a Brian Neeson double save.

The second half really struggled to get going until late on. Early on, Cathair Friel had a go from outside the box but his shot went high and wide. From then, both teams looked to try and create something but couldn't find many chances due to some good defending and poor passages of play. Faulkner tried to make something happen with a long range effort, but it glided well wide of Neeson's goal.

With 15 minutes to go, the home side finally started to look dangerous going forward. Substitute Eoin Kane forced Neeson into a good save but United couldn't make anything of the corner. However, on 77 minutes, Ballymena made a corner count as the deadlock was eventually broken. Tony Kane whipped in a corner which was headed onto the post by Allan Jenkins, but luckily Kyle Owens was on hand to fire home from close range for his fourth of the season.

As Carrick pushed to find an equaliser, with pressure that wouldn't convert to clear cut chances, the Sky Blues killed the game off on 90 minutes through Faulkner. A long ball up found the gaps in the Carrick defence and was well controlled by the midfielder. Faulkner was able to keep his cool and dispatch the ball past Neeson, to finish off what was an unconvincing performance, but 3 points none the less.

Match report written by Phillip McPeake



Squad Statistics (as at November 12th, 2016)


2016-2017 All Time
Age
Ross Glendinning (GK)23 8 - 8 -
Jim Ervin31 20 - 982
Daniel Wallace22 15 - 15 -
Tony Kane29 191020822
Denver Gage29 41482
Jonathan Flynn26 9 - 241
Kyle Owens24 204204
William Faulkner26 163499
Allan Jenkins35 19522448
Cathair Friel23 20142014
Jonathan McMurray22 188188
Leroy Millar (sub)21 13 - 311
Eoin Kane (sub)20 8 - 422



League Table (as at November 12th, 2016)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Crusaders 16 11 4 1 23 37
2. Linfield 16 9 6 1 25 33
3. BALLYMENA UTD 16 9 3 4 4 30
4. Cliftonville 16 9 2 5 10 29
5. Coleraine 16 7 6 3 8 27
6. Glenavon 16 6 7 3 5 25
7. Ards 16 6 2 8 -3 20
8. Dungannon Swifts 16 4 6 6 3 18
9. Glentoran 16 5 3 8 -10 18
10. Ballinamallard Utd 16 3 2 11 -19 11
11. Carrick Rangers 16 2 2 12 -26 8
12. Portadown 16 3 1 12 -20 -2

* - Table split into two divisions of six.