0 - 1
0 - 1
League (Premier Division)
|None.||Richard Culberton (60) (o.g.)|
David Calderwood for Gerry Flynn (42)
Simon McNicholl for Blair Scoullar (71)
Aaron Burgess for Shea Campbell (80)
|Simon Parkinson for Mark Dickson (87)|
Alan Snoddy (Referee)
Newry Town broke a ten year duck today at the Showgrounds and, in the process, plunged United even deeper into the relegation mire.
The visitors hadn't won at the Warden Street venue since late 1991 and for long periods today it looked like that run would continue. Not that Ballymena were much better - it was just a poor game all round.
Take the first half, for example. The only incident of note was Brian McCrystal's 13th minute effort which deflected off United defender Mark Carlisle to safety although Gary McPhee shot narrowly past the post just before the break.
The second half was a much better spectacle.
Ballymena came closest to opening the scoring in the 56th minute when Glenn Hunter received the ball from debutant Shea Campbell, turned and fired low at the far post only to be thwarted by 'keeper Davy O'Hare.
Three minutes later at the other end Mark Dickson shot from close range but United 'keeper Tim Dalton produced a reflex save with his feet to deny him.
However, Town only had to wait another minute to open the scoring. Dickson darted down the left wing, sent a low cross into the six yard box which United defender Ricky Culberton turned into his own net under pressure from McPhee.
United pressed for the equaliser but apart from a Campbell touch in the 66th minute and a David Calderwood effort from just inside the area a little later they had little to show for their endeavour.
Newry, on the other hand, were denied a second goal by a Gerard Lyttle goal line clearance and a point blank save from McPhee in a blistering six minute spell as the game wore to a close.
Match report written by Official Irish League website
|Tim Dalton (GK)||35||4||-||4||-|
|Simon McNicholl (sub)||20||14||2||14||2|
|David Calderwood (sub)||23||21||-||59||2|
|Aaron Burgess (sub)||22||15||3||15||3|