Alan Teggart (45)

1

Philip Lowry (62)
Jamie Mulgrew (68)

2

REPORT: BALLYMENA UNITED 1-2 LINFIELD

LINFIELD came from behind at The Showgrounds to defeat Ballymena United and re-establish a four point lead at the top of the table.

The Sky Blues started brightly with a number of chances in the opening exchanges, the pick of which was a 10th minute Darren Boyce point blank volley from an Aaron Stewart cross which Johnny Tuffey brilliantly kept out.

Allan Jenkins saw an earlier effort sail just over before that while Boyce was later presented with a gilt-edged opportunity only to finish poorly.

Linfield found their feet as the game progressed with Andrew Waterworth seeing an effort desperately cleared while Michael Carvill was thwarted at the back post after he met an Ivan Sproule cross.

Then, on 37 minutes, Niall Quinn tested United 'keeper Yohann Lacroix with a left-footed free-kick which the Frenchman turned away for a corner.

Philip Lowry then went close on 44 minutes after he was played through by Michael Gault only to fire narrowly wide of the right post.

But United seized the half-time advantage just a minute later through Ally Teggart who fired home the loose ball after a Jenkins effort had been blocked by the 'keeper.

Ballymena were reduced to ten men six minutes into the second half when Tony Kane was shown a yellow card for a challenge on Quinn, his second booking of the game.

Linfield made their numerical advantage tell on 62 minutes when Waterworth delivered a cross from the right for Philip Lowry to send a glancing header home at the near post.

Then, six minutes later, the Blues moved in front after a Gault free-kick came back off the defensive wall for substitute Jamie Mulgrew to send a 20-yard right-foot drive into the top left corner.

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Attendance: 1863

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