Ballymena United 2
Dungannon Swifts 4
League (NIFL Premiership)


Ballymena United
2 - 4
Dungannon Swifts 

League (NIFL Premiership)
Saturday, February 27th, 2016
Ballymena Showgrounds
Attendance: 760
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
David Cushley (27)
Allan Jenkins (44)
Andrew Mitchell (5)
Ryan Harpur (pen.) (5)
Ryan Harpur (54)
Ryan Harpur (57)

Team Managers
Glenn Ferguson
Rodney McAree

Starting Eleven
1. Dwayne Nelson
21. Jim Ervin
2. Tony Kane
3. Stephen McBride
5. Jonathan Taylor
7. Gary Thompson
12. William Faulkner
Jonathan Frazer
10. Allan Jenkins
15. Eoin Kane
11. David Cushley
Andrew Coleman
David Armstrong
Chris Hegarty
Dale Montgomery
Terry Fitzpatrick
Ryan Harpur
Douglas Wilson
Cormac Burke
Jarlath O'Rourke
Alan Teggart
Andrew Mitchell

Bench
22. Kyle McVey
28. Michael Smith
8. Gavin Taggart
14. Matthew Tipton
9. Darren Henderson
Matthew Hazley
Kris Lowe
Gary Liggett
Andrew Burns
Stuart Addis

Substitutions
Matthew Tipton for Eoin Kane (66)
Gavin Taggart for Jonathan Taylor (82)
Matthew Hazley for Douglas Wilson (52)
Kris Lowe for Terry Fitzpatrick (56)
Gary Liggett for Andrew Mitchell (75)

Cautions
Dwayne Nelson (15)
Jonathan Taylor (65)
Matthew Tipton (67)
Tony Kane (89)
Gavin Taggart (90)
Terry Fitzpatrick (20)
Douglas Wilson (49)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Tim Marshall (Referee)


Match Report


BALLYMENA United dropped down a place in the table as Dungannon Swifts won at the Showgrounds with help from a Ryan Harpur hat-trick.

In the 5th minute of the game Douglas Wilson had a shot blocked but Andrew Mitchell got on the rebound to send the ball home and give the visitors a 1-0 lead. The lead was doubled on the quarter hour mark as Dwayne Nelson fouled Ryan Harpur in the box, Harpur himself converting the penalty.

The first chance for United came on the 23rd minute but David Cushley volleyed the ball high over the bar. Ballymena did manage to pull a goal back on 27 minutes after some neat play between Gary Thompson and Eoin Kane led to a chance for Cushley who finished off the move with a fine shot past Swifts keeper Andy Coleman. United were level just before half time as Eoin Kane poked the ball through to Allan Jenkins who rounded Coleman and slotted the ball into the net.

The home side had the first chance of the 2nd half moments after it kicked off, Jonny Frazer firing over the bar. Minutes later Frazer was taken down by Douglas Wilson who was then booked by referee Tim Marshall. United went on to force a corner but it was cleared by the Dungannon Swifts defence.

Ballymena were behind again in the 54th minute of the game as Ryan Harpur was through on goal, rounded Nelson, and put the ball into the back of the net. Minutes later Ryan Harpur had his hat-trick as he shot from outside the box and Dwayne Nelson could get nowhere near it.

With 66 minutes on the clock, United made their first substitution of the game, Matthew Tipton coming on to replace Eoin Kane. Within about 10 seconds Tipton was in the book after an apparent dive, then he forced Coleman into a point blank save.
It was a very disappointing day for the home side, not only coming back from two goals down to draw level only to concede another two goals, but also dropping behind the Swifts in the league table.

Match report written by Paul Irwin



Squad Statistics (as at February 27th, 2016)


2015-2016 All Time
Age
Dwayne Nelson (GK)31 22 - 227 -
Stephen McBride32 191771
Jim Ervin30 341692
Jonathan Taylor27 25113312
Tony Kane28 28118110
Allan Jenkins34 361019642
Eoin Kane20 192272
William Faulkner26 253253
Jonathan Frazer19 3 - 3 -
Gary Thompson25 31414418
David Cushley26 351523464
Gavin Taggart (sub)31 14 - 1726
Matthew Tipton (sub)35 2296928



League Table (as at February 27th, 2016)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Crusaders 28 20 6 2 38 66
2. Linfield 29 18 5 6 36 59
3. Glenavon 29 15 8 6 28 53
4. Cliftonville 28 15 8 5 13 53
5. Coleraine 29 16 3 10 7 51
6. Glentoran 28 11 6 11 -3 39
7. Dungannon Swifts 28 8 5 15 -13 29
8. BALLYMENA UTD 29 8 4 17 -24 28
9. Ballinamallard Utd 29 7 5 17 -17 26
10. Warrenpoint Town 29 6 5 18 -25 23
11. Carrick Rangers 27 4 9 14 -21 21

* - Table split into two divisions of six.