Ballymena United 1
Portadown 2
League (IFA Premiership)


Ballymena United
1 - 2
Portadown 

League (IFA Premiership)
Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
Ballymena Showgrounds
Attendance: 614
7:45 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
James Costello (40)
Matthew Paget (65)
Matthew Paget (87)

Team Managers
Glenn Ferguson
Ronnie McFall

Starting Eleven
1. Dwayne Nelson
2. Tony Kane
21. Jonathan Taylor
3. Ross Black
16. David Munster
12. Alan Teggart
11. Rory Carson
15. Conor Downey
8. Gavin Taggart
9. Gary McCutcheon
17. James Costello
David Miskelly
Keith O'Hara
Ross Redman
Richard Clarke
Christopher Ramsey
Matthew Paget
Sean Mackle
Jamie Tomelty
Andrew Burns
Matthew Tipton
Kevin Braniff

Bench
6. Aaron Stewart
13. Mark Surgenor
18. Curtis Woods
26. Christopher Rodgers
14. Jordan Baker
Conor McCloskey
Tuda Murphy
Matthew Brown
Stephen Acheson
Shane McKinney

Substitutions
Jordan Baker for James Costello (79)
Mark Surgenor for Rory Carson (79)
Conor McCloskey for Sean Mackle (73)

Cautions
Ross Black (80)
Conor Downey (85)
Richard Clarke (26)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Ross Dunlop (Carrickfergus) (Referee)




Match Report


Portadown cut Linfield's lead at the top of the Premiership table to four points as two Matthew Paget goals earned the Ports victory at Ballymena.

Home striker James Costello was denied early on by David Miskelly before the ex-Glenavon man did nod the Braidmen ahead on 40 minutes.

Conor Downey missed a chance to extend Ballymena's lead before Paget ran through unmarked to level on 65.

Paget then blasted in a superb winner from 22 yards three minutes from time.

The victory was a massive morale-boost for the Ports after the blow of Shane McCabe's departure earlier this week.

Ironically, Paget replaced McCabe in the Ports line-up and the university student went on to become the matchwinner.

Miskelly saved well from Costello early on and the Ballymena striker then had a penalty shout turned down when he tumbled in the box.

Ballymena keeper Dwayne Nelson then saved well to deny Chris Ramsey before the home side took a deserved lead on 40 as Costello headed home after hesitation in the Ports defence.

Sean Mackle wasted a Ports chance before the break but Downey missed a glorious opportunity to extend Ballymena's lead after half-time when he fired over from eight yards.

The miss was punished as Paget levelled on 65 and then repeated the dose with his superb late strike.

Match report written by BBC Sport NI



Squad Statistics (as at January 31st, 2012)


2011-2012 All Time
Age
Dwayne Nelson (GK)27 9 - 106 -
David Munster32 233233
Ross Black23 101101
Tony Kane24 242242
Jonathan Taylor23 2 - 2 -
Conor Downey29 20 - 20 -
Alan Teggart25 304304
Rory Carson21 13 - 272
Gavin Taggart27 18 - 763
Gary McCutcheon33 33257740
James Costello25 201201
Mark Surgenor (sub)26 24210111
Jordan Baker (sub)22 276276



League Table (as at January 31st, 2012)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Linfield 27 20 1 6 33 61
2. Portadown 27 18 3 6 28 57
3. Cliftonville 27 17 4 6 20 55
4. Coleraine 27 14 9 4 23 51
5. Crusaders 27 13 7 7 13 46
6. Glentoran 27 12 7 8 21 43
7. Donegal Celtic 27 9 5 13 -20 32
8. BALLYMENA UTD 27 7 5 15 -18 26
9. Distillery 27 6 5 16 -23 23
10. Dungannon 27 4 8 15 -26 20
11. Carrick 27 4 8 15 -34 20
12. Glenavon 27 4 6 17 -17 18

* - Table split into two divisions of six.