Ballymena United 0
Coleraine 2
League (NIFL Premiership)


Ballymena United
0 - 2
Coleraine 

League (NIFL Premiership)
Saturday, August 15th, 2015
Ballymena Showgrounds
Attendance: 1,283
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
None. Sammy Morrow (3)
Aaron Canning (22)

Team Managers
Glenn Ferguson
Oran Kearney

Starting Eleven
1. Dwayne Nelson
Kyle Crawford
22. Kyle McVey
21. Jim Ervin
17. Michael Ruddy
10. Allan Jenkins
7. Gary Thompson
19. Matthew Ferguson
14. Matthew Tipton
11. David Cushley
16. Matthew Shevlin
Michael Doherty
Steven Douglas
Howard Beverland
David Ogilby
Aaron Canning
Rodney Brown
Neil McCafferty
Ruari Harkin
Sammy Morrow
Adam Mullan
Ian Parkhill

Bench
3. Stephen McBride
Leroy Millar
24. Nathan Hanley
15. Eoin Kane
9. Darren Henderson
Brad Lyons
Darren McCauley
James McLaughlin
Jamie McGonigle
Garth Falconer

Substitutions
Darren Henderson for David Cushley (59)
Nathan Hanley for Gary Thompson (66)
Leroy Millar for Matthew Tipton (74)
Brad Lyons for Neil McCafferty (79)

Cautions
Matthew Ferguson (15)
Nathan Hanley (89)
Michael Ruddy (90)
Neil McCafferty (65)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Ian McNabb (Referee)




Match Report


BALLYMENA United remain rooted to the bottom of the Danske Bank Premiership table following Saturday's 0-2 home defeat to Coleraine.

The Bannsiders took the lead in typically comedic fashion with only two minutes on the clock. A long punt up field from goalkeeper Michael Dougherty was flicked on by Rodney Brown as the United defence parted like the Red Sea to allow Sammy Morrow the freedom of Warden Street to compose himself and slot the ball beyond the hopelessly exposed Dwayne Nelson.

As United produced their third collective sub standard performance in a row, the only bright spark again proved to be the honest endeavours of young Matthew Shevlin who fashioned a couple of chances for himself in a vain attempt to get Ballymena back on level terms. First the 16 year old turned sharply in the box but was denied by Dougherty in the Coleraine goal before again being denied minutes later when he shot straight at the goalkeeper after outpacing the visitors' defence.

Coleraine duly doubled their lead on 23 minutes when Aaron Canning rose completely unchallenged to head home Neil McCafferty's corner and compound United's inability to defend set pieces in a competent manner.

The Sky Blues' attempts to claw back the two goal deficit proved lacklustre, with Matthew Shevlin cutting an increasingly isolated figure up front. The young striker found himself in a great position to pull the trigger from inside the box late in the first half but a superb last ditch tackle from Steven Douglas kept the visitors' two goal lead intact.

Shevlin continued his one man crusade to score in the second half, first taking advantage of some complacent footwork by Aaron Canning to steal the ball in a threatening area but shot just wide of the goal before marginally failing to connect with Allan Jenkins cross as time began to run out.

Coleraine thought they had put the match to bed on 65 minutes but Neil McCafferty's superb free kick was ruled out for having been taken without the referee's permission with the resulting retake hitting the side netting. The disallowed goal mattered little as Oran Kearney's side held out to record a comfortable two goal victory and compound United's misery who must improve massively if they are to get a positive result against Dungannon Swifts next weekend.

Match report written by Jordan Miller



Squad Statistics (as at August 15th, 2015)


2015-2016 All Time
Age
Dwayne Nelson (GK)30 1 - 206 -
Kyle Crawford18 1 - 1 -
Michael Ruddy22 1 - 682
Kyle McVey29 3 - 152
Jim Ervin30 2 - 371
Matthew Ferguson19 2 - 8 -
Allan Jenkins33 3 - 16332
Gary Thompson25 3 - 11614
Matthew Tipton35 3 - 5019
David Cushley26 3 - 20249
Matthew Shevlin16 2162
Nathan Hanley (sub)25 3 - 254
Leroy Millar (sub)19 1 - 3 -
Darren Henderson (sub)29 2 - 6521



League Table (as at August 15th, 2015)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Linfield 3 3 0 0 11 9
2. Cliftonville 3 3 0 0 6 9
3. Glenavon 3 2 0 1 8 6
4. Coleraine 3 2 0 1 -1 6
5. Crusaders 3 1 1 1 4 4
6. Glentoran 3 0 2 1 -1 2
7. Ballinamallard Utd 3 1 1 1 -2 4
8. Carrick Rangers 3 1 1 1 -2 4
9. Dungannon Swifts 3 0 1 2 -5 1
10. Warrenpoint Town 3 0 0 3 -7 0
11. BALLYMENA UTD 3 0 0 3 -12 0

* - Table split into two divisions of six.