Linfield 2
Ballymena United 2
League (Premier Division)


2 - 2

Ballymena United

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, January 13th, 2001
Windsor Park
3:00 PM Kick-off

David Larmour (59)
Chris Morgan (86)
Nigel Boyd (55)
Barry Tumilty (90)

Team Managers
David Jeffrey Kenny Shiels

Starting Eleven
Robert Robinson
Tommy McDonald
John Easton
Jamie Marks
William Murphy
Norman Kelly
David Larmour
Gavin Arthur
Glenn Ferguson
Tony Gorman
Noel Bailie
Tim Dalton
Jason Allen
Nigel Boyd
Mark Carlisle
Gerry Flynn
John McDowell
Kieran Loughran
Barry Tumilty
Aaron Burgess
Scott Drummond
Blair Scoullar

Johnny Shaw
Chris Morgan
Ian Young
David Calderwood
John Gregg
Gerard Lyttle

Johnny Shaw for Tommy McDonald (66)
Chris Morgan for Norman Kelly (74)
Gerard Lyttle for Scott Drummond (80)
David Calderwood for Gerry Flynn (89)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Leslie Irvine (Referee)
Earl Aiken & Michael McLaughlin (Assistants)

Match Report

Battling Ballymena United fully deserved their share of the spoils today at Windsor Park although, bizarrely, results elsewhere meant that they slipped further into the relegation quagmire while the Blues extended their lead at the top of the table.

United started in sparkling form and went at their more successful opponents right from kick-off.

After four minutes an Aaron Burgess run from the half-way line ended in a poor finish from the edge of the area while Scott Drummond produced a low save from home 'keeper Robert Robinson from a Kieran Loughran corner a short time later.

However, Linfield showed their danger in the 10th minute when Tony Gorman headed just over from a Jamie Marks cross.

The game settled down a little after this hectic opening and it was another twenty minutes before either side threatened when Burgess broke free of the Linfield defence but could only send a shot across the face of goal from a tight angle with fellow New Zealander Blair Scoullar following up with an effort from 25 yards.

Just before the break Gavin Arthur came closest for Linfield with a free-kick which United 'keeper Tim Dalton saved as it was heading for the top corner.

The second half was a story of four goals.

United took the lead in the 56th minute, albeit against the run of play, when a move involving Drummond and Scoullar ended up with Nigel Boyd firing a scorching, swinging shot past Robinson.

However, the lead was short lived when David Larmour flicked the ball past Dalton three minutes later.

Larmour then had a chance to give the Blues the lead when a poor United clearance found it's way to the Northern Ireland international only for Dalton to pull off a point blank save.

Linfield thought they had secured the points four minutes from time when Dalton fumbled a Marks cross, the ball dropping at the feet of substitute Chris Morgan who knocked home his 13th goal of the season.

A defeat would have been harsh on United so it was perhaps fitting that justice was done in the second minute of injury time when a Mark Carlisle free-kick found it's way to Barry Tumilty who returned a low strike from 25 yards into the back of the net.

Match report written by Official Irish League website

Squad Statistics (as at January 13th, 2001)

2000-2001 All Time
Tim Dalton (GK)35 3 - 3 -
Jason Allen30 2722306
Nigel Boyd27 25219210
Mark Carlisle32 25 - 3452
Gerry Flynn28 25 - 591
John McDowell22 241893
Kieran Loughran20 203273
Barry Tumilty22 282582
Aaron Burgess22 133133
Scott Drummond25 2486312
Blair Scoullar21 172172
David Calderwood (sub)22 19 - 572
Gerard Lyttle (sub)23 243243

League Table (as at January 13th, 2001)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Linfield 24 17 5 2 56
2. Coleraine 24 11 7 6 40
3. Glenavon 23 11 5 7 38
4. Cliftonville 23 9 7 7 34
5. Glentoran 23 9 7 7 34
6. Newry 24 8 4 12 28
7. Portadown 23 7 6 10 27
8. BALLYMENA UTD 25 7 5 13 26
9. Omagh Town 24 5 8 11 23
10. Crusaders 25 3 10 12 19