Ballymena United 0
Linfield 0
League (Irish Premier League)


Ballymena United
0 - 0
Linfield 

League (Irish Premier League)
Saturday, October 21st, 2006
Ballymena Showgrounds
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Tommy Wright
David Jeffrey

Starting Eleven
Paul Murphy
Nigel Boyd
Aaron Callaghan
Darren Murphy
Gordon Simms
Albert Watson
Gary Haveron
Mark Picking
Garth Scates
Paul Brown
Kevin Kelbie
Alan Mannus
Stephen Douglas
Michael Gault
William Murphy
Tim Mouncey
Glenn Ferguson
Noel Bailie
Peter Thompson
Tim McCann
Jamie Mulgrew
Thomas Stewart

Bench
Gareth McConaghie
David Cushley
Austin Friel
Chris Kingsberry
Mark Dickson
Kris Lindsay

Substitutions
Austin Friel for Kevin Kelbie (65)
Gareth McConaghie for Garth Scates (81)
David Cushley for Paul Brown (90)
Chris Kingsberry for Tim Mouncey (66)
Mark Dickson for Peter Thompson (75)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Frankie Hiles (Coleraine) (Referee)


Match Report


BALLYMENA United recovered some pride following their midweek upset with a battling draw against Carnegie Premier League champions Linfield at The Showgrounds.

Manager Tommy Wright asked for a reaction from the players after the Dundela debacle and he got it: "It was a day for rolling up your sleeves and standing up and being counted and that's what they did.

"I believe they had a meeting in the week and the little leaks I'm getting is that it went very well and they agreed that they had to dso something themselves and I think they did that today."

The Blues - hoping for a fourth consecutive league victory - started brightly and might well have taken an early lead had Jamie Mulgrew not miskicked an effort created after he taken the ball past defender Aaron Callaghan.

Later in the half a Stephen Douglas cross reached Winkie Murphy at the back post. He in turn nodded in on for Peter Thompson only for Nigel Boyd to clear the danger while, on 38 minutes, Darren Murphy swept the ball off the line after Thomas Stewart returned the ball after a weak Paul Murphy clearance.

United's only real effort of note in a somewhat disjointed first half was a 44th minute Paul Brown header but this adequately dealt with by Alan Mannus.

After the break Tim Mouncey twice came close with successive headers, the first was blocked by 'keeper Murphy with the second - from a Mulgrew cross - drifting just wide.

It wasn't all one way traffic, though. The Sky Blues did look dangerous on the break but lacked that bite in front of goal although Austin Friel could surely have done some damage when he bore down on goal moments after coming on midway through the half only for Winkie Murphy to make a crucial clearance.

Perhaps the chance of the game arrived six minutes from the end when a Mark Dickson effort looked a certainty until, somehow, United skipper Albert Watson to scoop the ball to safety from almost underneath the bar.

Match report written by Official Ballymena United website



Squad Statistics (as at October 21st, 2006)


2006-2007 All Time
Age
Paul Murphy (GK)21 12 - 12 -
Nigel Boyd33 8 - 36522
Aaron Callaghan20 11 - 11 -
Darren Murphy31 101101
Gordon Simms25 9 - 735
Albert Watson21 1111465
Gary Haveron25 101535
Mark Picking30 111111
Garth Scates27 1121028
Paul Brown26 101203
Kevin Kelbie21 1264322
Gareth McConaghie (sub)18 2 - 2 -
David Cushley (sub)17 2 - 2 -
Austin Friel (sub)25 10 - 10 -



League Table (as at October 21st, 2006)


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