Coleraine 2
Ballymena United 0
League (NIFL Premiership)


Coleraine 

2 - 0

Ballymena United


League (NIFL Premiership)
Monday, December 26th, 2022
Coleraine Showgrounds
Attendance: 3,747
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Conor McKendry (22)
Matthew Shevlin (34)
None.

Team Managers
Oran Kearney David Jeffrey

Starting Eleven
1. Gareth Deane
2. Lyndon Kane
3. Dean Jarvis
7. Conor McKendry
11. Joshua Carson
14. Kieran Farren
15. Stephen O'Donnell
17. Jamie Glackin
21. Jack O'Mahony
25. Conor McDermott
26. Matthew Shevlin
Sean O'Neill .21
Ross Redman .3
Scot Whiteside .5
Douglas Wilson .4
Steven McCullough .11
Sean Graham .24
Kym Nelson .2
Joshua Kelly .8
Michael Place .30
David McDaid .7
Paul McElroy .9

Bench
20. Martin Gallagher
5. Rodney Brown
6. Aaron Jarvis
8. Stephen Lowry
10. Michael McCrudden
16. Lee Lynch
19. Evan McLaughlin
Jordan Williamson .1
Caolan Loughran .6
Jack Henderson .14
Andrew McGrory .17
Jordan Gibson .18
Kenny Kane .12
Ryan Waide .10

Substitutions
Lee Lynch for Conor McKendry (69)
Michael McCrudden for Matthew Shevlin (85)
Evan McLaughlin for Jack O'Mahony (85)
Jack Henderson for Steven McCullough (28)
Ryan Waide for Ross Redman (56)
Jordan Gibson for Paul McElroy (56)

Cautions
Dean Jarvis (56) Scot Whiteside (38)
Jack Henderson (52)
Douglas Wilson (60)
Michael Place (61)
Kym Nelson (73)
David McDaid (86)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Jamie Robinson (Referee)
Adam Jeffrey & Ken Ross (Assistants)
Ross Dunlop (Fourth Official)





Match Report


Ballymena United fell to a 2-0 defeat on Boxing Day as Matthew Shevlin scored a brace for the home side.

After Conor Keeley suffered an injury before the game, Sean Graham was promoted from the bench into the starting 11, with Caolan Loughran drafted into the subs. The opening 15 minutes was spent with both teams testing each other out and trying to take control of the game, Coleraine sending the ball into the box from a corner and Steven McCullough firing a free-kick directly at Gareth Deane.

It was the home side who would grab the upper hand when, on 23 minutes, Conor McKendry sent in a cross, Matthew Shevlin getting onto the end of it to fire the Bannsiders ahead.

With just under half an hour gone, McCullough was injured, leading to him being replace by Jack Henderson.
Five minutes later and Coleraine were 2-0 ahead, Glackin setting up Matthew Shevlin to send the ball home and double his tally for the day.

Stephen O'Donnell hit the crossbar just before the half-time break. Less than 10 minutes into the second half, the cards started coming, first Henderson was booked then Dean Jarvis seen yellow.

David Jeffrey MBE decided it was time to shake things up a bit, bringing on Ryan Waide and Jordan Gibson to replace Paul McElroy and Ross Redman. It wasn't long before United had a good chance, Deane stopping a David McDaid chance.

It was back to yellow cards for the visitors, Douglas Wilson, Michael Place, Kym Nelson and David McDaid all cautioned by referee Jamie Robinson.

O'Neill had to be alert in the 72nd minute to prevent a 3rd Coleraine goal and, in the final act of the game, Ryan Waide hit the crossbar from a tight angle but it wasn't to be for the Sky Blues.

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



Squad Statistics (as at December 26th, 2022)


2022-2023 All Time
Age
Sean O'Neill (GK)34 21 - 53 -
Douglas Wilson28 61252
Ross Redman33 2111065
Steven McCullough28 19 - 1898
Scot Whiteside25 20 - 751
Michael Place24 212405
Joshua Kelly23 2331107
Kym Nelson27 183364
Sean Graham22 121501
Paul McElroy28 11110032
David McDaid32 239239
Jack Henderson (sub)22 141341
Jordan Gibson (sub)27 223223
Ryan Waide (sub)22 1719710



League Table (as at December 26th, 2022)


Pld W D L Pts
1. Larne 20 14 3 3 45
2. Linfield 20 13 3 4 42
3. Cliftonville 20 13 3 4 42
4. Crusaders 20 12 3 5 39
5. Coleraine 20 11 3 6 36
6. Glentoran 18 11 2 5 35
7. Glenavon 19 6 5 8 23
8. BALLYMENA 19 7 2 10 23
9. Carrick Rangers 20 7 2 11 23
10. Newry 20 6 0 14 18
11. Dungannon Swifts 21 4 1 16 13
12. Portadown 21 1 1 19 4