Ballymena United 3
Limavady United 0
League (Irish Premier League)


Ballymena United
3 - 0
Limavady Utd 

League (Irish Premier League)
Saturday, November 10th, 2007
Ballymena Showgrounds
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Davitt Walsh (24)
Stephen Lowry (43)
Kevin Kelbie (75)
None.

Team Managers
Tommy Wright
Ollie Mullan

Starting Eleven
Paul Murphy
Aaron Callaghan
Craig McClean
Albert Watson
Simon Kelly
Stephen Lowry
Gary Haveron
Gavin Melaugh
Garth Scates
Davitt Walsh
Kevin Kelbie
Glenn Millar
Ryan Mullan
Matthew Crossan
David King
Martin Ferry
Gareth Tommins
Barry Curran
Conor Lynch
Ryan Stewart
Matthew Boyd
Ryan McIlmoyle

Bench
Jonathan Flynn
Lee Patrick
Darren Fitzgerald
Paul McNeill
David Cushley
Stephen Kelly
Trevor McLernon
Liam Kearney
Hugh Frame

Substitutions
Lee Patrick for Garth Scates (79)
Darren Fitzgerald for Davitt Walsh (82)
Paul McNeill for Stephen Lowry (85)
Stephen Kelly for Martin Ferry (90)
Trevor McLernon for Barry Curran (46)
Hugh Frame for Liam Stewart (66)

Cautions
Garth Scates (26)
Kevin Kelbie (90)
Barry Curran (36)
Ryan McIlmoyle (72)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Paddy McFadden (Londonderry) (Referee)


Match Report


A THIRD straight win for Ballymena United has propelled them back into the top half of the Carnegie Premier League table.

The Sky Blues welcomed struggling Limavady United to the Warden Street venue, full of confidence following back to back wins over Armagh City and Portadown in the last fortnight.

That confidence showed when after only 15 minutes, the Braidmen had the first chance of the game with an ambitious 30-yard free kick from Simon Kelly which only just sailed over the bar.

The inevitable opening goal came for Ballymena on 24 minutes though, when goalkeeper Paul Murphy's long clearance forward was flicked on by Stephen Lowry and Davitt Walsh raced through to fire past the helpless Glenn Millar, in the Roesiders' goal.

Ballymena continued to press with no real reply, as five minutes later Gary Haveron was the next home player to have a pop, as his 25-yard effort wasn't far away.

The second goal, which effectively killed off the game, came two minutes before the break as Craig McClean's throw found Davitt Walsh, who lost possession but the ball fell kindly to Stephen Lowry (pictured), who rifled home into the bottom corner.

This was the Limavady native's second goal in successive weeks, this time against his former club. He had replaced the injured Mark Picking for this game, and did his claim for a regular start no harm.

The second half was a lack-lustre affair with few chances.

Ballymena scored a third on 75 minutes, when the superb Gavin Melaugh threaded the ball to Kevin Kelbie who slotted the ball under the goalkeeper, for United's third and his third strike of the season.

The game finished that way, as Ballymena recorded another win and also their first clean sheet in the League since April.

Manager Tommy Wright was happy with the result and the performance of his strikers against his former employers.

"We have a bit more cutting edge and quality up front and even if we don't create a bagful of chances, you still feel confident that the players we have up there can stick a couple away.

"We probably didn't play as well as we have done in recent weeks but it was comprehensive enough in the end. They didn't create any clear-cut chances.

"Our third goal was delightful with the build-up, Gavin Melaugh's technique in the build-up was excellent and Kevin took his shot early.”

That win takes the Skies up to seventh in the Carnegie Premier League table, going into the International break that will see Ballymena return to action in two weeks time.

Match report written by Official Ballymena United website



Squad Statistics (as at November 10th, 2007)


2007-2008 All Time
Age
Paul Murphy (GK)22 16 - 56 -
Craig McClean22 16 - 75 -
Simon Kelly23 14 - 271
Aaron Callaghan21 81471
Albert Watson22 16 - 1896
Garth Scates28 16214514
Gavin Melaugh26 11 - 18 -
Stephen Lowry21 102222
Gary Haveron26 12 - 899
Kevin Kelbie22 1138136
Davitt Walsh21 119119
Lee Patrick (sub)29 101587
Darren Fitzgerald (sub)29 1124910
Paul McNeill (sub)19 3 - 3 -



League Table (as at November 10th, 2007)


Pld W D L Pts
1. Glentoran 8 6 2 0 20
2. Cliftonville 8 6 2 0 20
3. Linfield 8 6 1 1 19
4. Newry 8 6 1 1 19
5. Distillery 8 5 0 3 15
6. Glenavon 8 4 0 4 12
7. BALLYMENA UTD 8 4 0 4 12
8. Dungannon 8 3 2 3 11
9. Crusaders 8 3 2 3 11
10. Portadown 8 3 0 5 9
11. Institute 8 2 2 4 8
12. Coleraine 8 2 2 4 8
13. Donegal Celtic 8 2 1 5 7
14. Larne 8 1 2 5 5
15. Armagh City 8 1 1 6 4
16. Limavady Utd 8 0 2 6 2