Warrenpoint Town 0
Ballymena United 2
League Cup (Quarter final)

Warrenpoint Town 

0 - 2

Ballymena United

League Cup (Quarter final)
Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
7:45 PM Kick-off

None. William Faulkner (69)
Cathair Friel (75)

Team Managers
Matthew Tipton David Jeffrey

Starting Eleven
Jonathan Parr
Darren King
Aaron Traynor
Dermot McVeigh
Stephen Moan
John Boyle
Liam McKenna
Liam Bagnall
John McGuigan
Conor McMenamin
Stephen Murray
Ross Glendinning .1
Jim Ervin .21
Tony Kane .2
Caolan Loughran .34
Kyle Owens .4
Daniel Wallace .17
William Faulkner .12
Allan Jenkins .10
Eoin Kane .15
Cathair Friel .14
Darren Henderson .9

Tiarnan Mulvenna
Ruairi Croskery
Joshua Lynch
Jordan Dane
Steven Maguire
Ben McCauley .38
Kyle McVey .22
Kyle Mackie .25
Leroy Millar .23
Matthew Shevlin .16

Tiarnan Mulvenna for Liam McKenna (75)
Ruairi Croskery for Aaron Traynor (85)
Joshua Lynch for Conor McMenamin (87)
Leroy Millar for Eoin Kane (59)
Matthew Shevlin for Darren Henderson (85)
Kyle Mackie for Cathair Friel (89)

Conor McMenamin (82) Allan Jenkins (31)
Kyle Owens (66)

Red Cards
Liam Bagnall (38) None.

Match Officials

Keith Kennedy (Referee)
Stephen Donaldson & Kristian Hanna (Assistants)
Peter McGrath (Fourth Official)

Match Report

BALLYMENA United secured a berth in the quarter-finals of the Northern Ireland League Cup, defeating Warrenpoint Town 2-0 at Milltown Playing Fields tonight.

With only 1 minute on the clock, Cathair Friel broke down the right and flashed the ball across the face of goal, but nobody was able to touch it in. Warrenpoint Town had a lot of the play in the opening minutes, but it was United who looked more dangerous, Darren Henderson nearly forcing a chance after closing down a hesitant clearance from goalkeeper Johnny Parr. A minute later Daniel Wallace fired in a dangerous cross but Parr smothered it, then a Tony Kane cross fell to Henderson at the back post but his half-volley was tipped around the post. As United continued to press, Willie Faulkner's low cross was taken off the foot of Henderson by the home defence.

Just before the quarter-hour mark Ross Glendinning was forced to punch clear from a 'point attack. It was a tight encounter between the sides, and the 29th minute was reached before another chance fell to Friel who dragged his snapshot wide. At the other end Darren King sent an ambitious shot towards goal but it was too high and went over the bar. Liam Bagnall, was shown a straight red card in the 38th minute for a lunging tackle on Jim Ervin, taking Warrenpoint Town down to 10 men. As the half time break approached Friel headed wide of the goal from a Tony Kane corner. In the 44th minute the home side showed they were still dangerous, with Conor McMenamin popping up at the back post and nearly turning in the opening goal.
The first chance of the second half fell to Eoin Kane in the 48th minute but he failed to hit the target. 5 minutes later United were caught napping when Kyle Owens was dispossessed by McMenamin who shot wide from close range. In the 56th minute Glendinning was forced into a smart save as the home side upped the tempo. David Jeffrey made his first change of the game just before the hour mark, bringing on Leroy Millar to replace Eoin Kane. Millar had a golden opportunity to open the scoring in the 68th minute but drilled his effort wide. A minute later United were ahead, Willie Faulkner firing through the legs of Warrenpoint keeper Parr and into the net.

It didn't take long for the Sky Blues to double their lead, Cathair Friel adding to his already impressive goal tally for the season with a simple tap in on 75 minutes.

In the 80th minute Faulkner nearly doubled his lead but his effort was cleared off the line by Stephen Moane. With 5 minutes left in the game, Matthew Shevlin came on for his 3rd appearance of the season, replacing Darren Henderson. With 88 minutes gone Friel tried his luck with a long range shot but missed the goal. United made their last substitution of the game in the last minute, Kyle Mackie making his first appearance of the season and Cathair Friel coming off.

Match report written by Paul Irwin (www.ballymenaunitedfc.com)

Squad Statistics (as at November 16th, 2016)

2016-2017 All Time
Ross Glendinning (GK)23 9 - 9 -
Jim Ervin31 21 - 992
Tony Kane29 201020922
Caolan Loughran21 141161
Kyle Owens24 214214
Daniel Wallace22 16 - 16 -
William Faulkner26 1745010
Allan Jenkins35 20522548
Eoin Kane20 9 - 432
Cathair Friel23 21152115
Darren Henderson30 4 - 9825
Leroy Millar (sub)21 14 - 321
Kyle Mackie (sub)22 1 - 1 -
Matthew Shevlin (sub)17 3 - 315

League Table (as at November 16th, 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 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 16 2 2 12 -26 8
12. Portadown 16 3 1 12 -20 -2

* - Table split into two divisions of six.