Ballymena United 0
Glentoran 1
League (NIFL Premiership)

Ballymena United
0 - 1

League (NIFL Premiership)
Saturday, November 7th, 2015
Ballymena Showgrounds
Attendance: 1,302
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Ciaran Caldwell (39)

Team Managers
Glenn Ferguson
Roy Coyle

Starting Eleven
1. Dwayne Nelson
22. Kyle McVey
21. Jim Ervin
Gareth Rodger
2. Tony Kane
17. Michael Ruddy
8. Gavin Taggart
Leroy Millar
12. William Faulkner
10. Allan Jenkins
11. David Cushley
Elliott Morris
William Garrett
Steven Gordon
Barry Holland
Ciaran Caldwell
Stephen McAlorum
Marcus Kane
Jim O'Hanlon
Jonathan Addis
Steven McCullough
Curtis Allen

3. Stephen McBride
27. Neal Gawley
6. Mark Magennis
7. Gary Thompson
16. Matthew Shevlin
Niall Henderson
Jonathan Smith
Kristian Gibson
Aaron Hogg
David Fearon

Matthew Shevlin for Leroy Millar (46)
Gary Thompson for William Faulkner (64)
Mark Magennis for Michael Ruddy (80)
Niall Henderson for Jonathan Addis (46)
Jonathan Smith for Ciaran Caldwell (66)
Kristian Gibson for Jim O'Hanlon (72)

Michael Ruddy (40)
Tony Kane (45)
Gareth Rodger (48)
Gavin Taggart (61)
William Garrett (52)
Stephen McAlorum (66)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

John Deighan (Referee)

Match Report

UNITED lost at home today, a single goal from Ciaran Caldwell enough to give the visitors all 3 points.

The first real chance of the game took 8 minutes to come about, Tony Kane crossing in and Kyle McVey catching the ball on the volley but he sent his shot just over the bar. Moments later Dwayne Nelson pulled out a great save to prevent Curtis Allen from scoring the opener for the Glens.

David Cushley, who has scored 5 goals in his last 4 games, twisted through a few players and curled a shot from outside the box towards the goal, only to see the ball hit the bar and go over for a goal kick.

Glentoran keeper Elliot Morris was called into action to dive low and push an Allan Jenkins shot out for a corner, from which Gareth Rodger rose highest to put the ball over the bar. At the other end Nelson had to slide out to block an effort from Allen.
Leroy Millar, making his first league start of the season, came close with just over half an hour gone but found his effort blocked. A shot from Rodger followed but it went over the bar, then Glentoran scored the opener through Ciaran Caldwell.

A few minutes into the second half Glentoran won a free kick just outside the box, but fortunately the wall was able to prevent the ball from reaching it's target. At the other end Tony Kane fired a free kick long up the pitch but McVey headed over.

Having came on as a sub, Matthew Shevlin got on the end of some good midfield play to break through, he shot early from a poor angle and it went well wide of the post. Cushley had a further chance with a long shot which bobbled in front of Morris, but the keeper managed to get to it before Shevlin did. Another shot from Cushley from just inside the box was pushed wide by Morris for a corner.

In the 69th minute Gavin Taggart rattled the bar with a shot from outside the box. Stephen McAlorum looked to have went straight through the back of Shevlin on 76 minutes but referee John Deighan awarded a free kick without cautioning the offending player.

Shevlin went on another twisting run and almost broke through on goal but some good defending by Glentoran kept him out. Minutes later Tony Kane delivered a fantastic ball to Shevlin but he managed to head it over from a few yards out.

With 5 minutes left in the game Glentoran won a free kick just outside the corner of the box, but Nelson got down well to save from Allen. Shevlin broke free towards the Glentoran goal but was fouled, winning a free kick just outside the box, but one of the officials decided to instead award a goal kick to the Glens.

In injury time Tony Kane played Shevlin through with a flick, but the young striker couldn't control his shot. A late corner provided one last chance for United to equalise and take a point from the game, but it was cleared with some last gasp defending from the visitors.

Match report written by Paul Irwin

Squad Statistics (as at November 7th, 2015)

2015-2016 All Time
Dwayne Nelson (GK)31 17 - 222 -
Tony Kane28 12116510
Jim Ervin30 171522
Gareth Rodger21 9191
Kyle McVey29 14 - 262
Michael Ruddy22 121793
Gavin Taggart30 7 - 1656
William Faulkner25 151151
Leroy Millar20 8 - 10 -
Allan Jenkins34 18217834
David Cushley26 19921858
Gary Thompson (sub)25 15212816
Mark Magennis (sub)32 6 - 6 -
Matthew Shevlin (sub)16 154195

League Table (as at November 7th, 2015)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Crusaders 15 11 3 1 25 36
2. Linfield 15 10 3 2 22 33
3. Cliftonville 15 9 4 2 9 31
4. Coleraine 15 9 3 3 7 30
5. Glenavon 15 7 4 4 17 25
6. Glentoran 15 6 5 4 2 23
7. Ballinamallard Utd 15 4 3 8 -6 15
8. BALLYMENA UTD 15 4 3 8 -11 15
9. Carrick Rangers 14 2 5 7 -11 11
10. Dungannon Swifts 14 2 2 10 -16 8
11. Warrenpoint Town 15 1 1 13 -25 4

* - Table split into two divisions of six.