Warrenpoint Town 1
Ballymena United 2
League (NIFL Premiership)


Warrenpoint Town 

1 - 2

Ballymena United


League (NIFL Premiership)
Saturday, September 26th, 2015
Milltown
Attendance: 130
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Stephen Hughes (58) Matthew Tipton (34)
David Cushley (47)

Team Managers
Barry Gray Glenn Ferguson

Starting Eleven
Aaron Shanahan
Darren King
Liam Bagnall
Dermot McVeigh
Stephen Moan
John Boyle
Mark Hughes
Stephen Murray
Mark Clarke
Daniel Hughes
Stephen Hughes
Dwayne Nelson .1
Jim Ervin .21
Tony Kane .2
Michael Ruddy .17
Jonathan Taylor .5
William Faulkner .12
Allan Jenkins .10
Eoin Kane .15
David Cushley .11
Matthew Shevlin .16
Matthew Tipton .14

Bench
Conor McDonald
Matthew Rooney
Mark McCabe
Padraig Smith
Jordan Dane
Kyle McVey .22
Neal Gawley .27
Mark Magennis .6
Gary Thompson .7
Darren Henderson .9

Substitutions
Conor McDonald for Mark Clarke (50)
Matthew Rooney for Mark Hughes (62)
Mark McCabe for Stephen Murray (73)
Neal Gawley for Matthew Tipton (79)
Gary Thompson for Eoin Kane (88)

Cautions
Stephen Moan (46)
Liam Bagnall (55)
John Boyle (73)
Allan Jenkins (21)
Matthew Shevlin (45)

Red Cards
Stephen Moan (90) None.

Match Officials

Arnold Hunter (Referee)





Match Report


BALLYMENA United gained their first ever victory at Milltown Playing Fields, thanks to goals from Matthew Tipton and David Cushley.

Five minutes into the game and Warrenpoint had a chance after Stephen Hughes passed to Stephen Murray, but Jim Ervin made an excellent block.

Just after the half hour mark Tony Kane had a long range effort with his left foot, but the ball went just over the bar. Seconds later Matthew Shevlin found Kane on the edge of the box and he knocked the ball across for Matthew Tipton to tap it in and put the Sky Blues ahead.

A few minutes before the half-time break Kane sent another left foot effort in but it went just past the post of former Ballymena keeper Aaron Shanahan. The home side then had a good chance to level the scores through a Mark Hughes header, but Dwayne Nelson saved at point blank range.

United opened the second half with a free kick just outside the box, David Cushley smashing it low into the net from the edge of the D to give the visitors some breathing space.
That didn't last too long though, as some poor handling by Nelson, coupled with bad defending, allowed Stephen Hughes to pull a goal back.

Johnny Taylor had a chance to get on the scoresheet on 69 minutes but managed to scoop the ball over the bar from a yard out.
Nelson had to be alert as Warrenpoint had several good chances as the half wore on, rushing off his line to deny both opportunities.

The game ended on a sour note as Point player Stephen Moan was shown a second yellow card by referee Arnold Hunter for a poor challenge on Matthew Shevlin.

Match report written by Paul Irwin



Squad Statistics (as at September 26th, 2015)


2015-2016 All Time
Age
Dwayne Nelson (GK)31 9 - 214 -
Jim Ervin30 91442
Tony Kane28 5 - 1589
Michael Ruddy22 71743
Jonathan Taylor27 6 - 11411
William Faulkner25 9191
Allan Jenkins33 10117033
Eoin Kane19 61141
David Cushley26 11421053
Matthew Shevlin16 94135
Matthew Tipton35 955624
Neal Gawley (sub)29 41526
Gary Thompson (sub)25 9112215



League Table (as at September 26th, 2015)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Linfield 9 8 0 1 19 24
2. Crusaders 9 6 2 1 18 20
3. Cliftonville 9 6 1 2 4 19
4. Coleraine 9 5 1 3 -1 16
5. Glenavon 9 3 3 3 9 12
6. Glentoran 9 3 3 3 0 12
7. BALLYMENA UTD 9 3 2 4 -6 11
8. Carrick 9 2 3 4 -7 9
9. Dungannon 9 2 2 5 -10 8
10. Ballinamallard Utd 9 1 2 6 -9 5
11. Warrenpoint Town 9 1 1 7 -14 4

* - Table split into two divisions of six.