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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 12 February 2022 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: 906

Referee: Steven Gregg

Ballymena United home-team
1 FT 0
away-team Dungannon Swifts
  •   Steven McCullough 87'
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Steven McCullough bagged Ballymena's late winner ©Evan Logan/INPHO

McCULLOUGH BAGS LATE SKY BLUES WINNER

Ballymena United squeezed to a narrow victory over Dungannon Swifts at The Showgrounds to keep their hopes of a top six finish alive.

The Sky Blues started brightly with Mikey Place rolling an early effort wide of the upright while Kym Nelson tested Swifts keeper Declan Dunne a little after that.

However, the first half was a fairly tame affair with Kenny Kane and David Parkhouse creating openings for United while, for the Swifts, Rhyss Campbell had a go from distance but this didn't trouble keeper Sean O'Neill.

The second half got off to a slow start but came to life around the hour mark when Conor Keeley saw a shot beaten away by Dunne with Leroy Millar turning the rebound narrow over from the edge of the area.

Dungannon were reduced to ten men on 74 minutes when Ryan Mayse was sent-off for a second bookable offence following a challenge on Brendan Barr.

Looking to capitalise on this, United came close to breaking the deadlock soon after but Ross Redman's free-kick was touched over by Dunne.

However, David Jeffrey's side did take the lead with three minutes left through substitute Steven McCullough who was in the right place to head home Paul McElroy's delivery from the right flank home from the edge of the six yard box.

Ballymena United: O’Neill, Redman, Kane, Barr, Parkhouse, Keeley, Millar, Graham, M. Smith, Nelson, Place subs Gallagher (not used), McElroy (replaced Parkhouse 68), Waide (replaced Kane 68), McCullough (replaced Graham 62), Henderson (not used), Rodgers (not used), Bramall (replaced M. Smith 86)

Dungannon Swifts: Dunne, Glynn, Mayse, McCready, Campbell, C. McGinty, S. McGinty, Devlin, Glenny, McGee, Friel subs Nelson (not used), Coyle (replaced McCready 80), McKendry (replaced Glynn 41), Gallagher (not used), McDonald (replaced Friel 55), Convie (not used), Walsh (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   1 - 0 Dungannon Swifts
  • GOAL

    Steven McCullough

    Ballymena United

    87'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Malachy Smith

    Glentoran

    86'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Bramall

    Unregistered Players

    86'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Joe McCready

    Dungannon Swifts

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Caolin Coyle

    Dungannon Swifts

    80'
  •  Yellow Card

    Luke McKendry

    Ards

    77'
  •  Yellow Card

    Dwayne Nelson

    Dungannon Swifts

    75'
  •  Red Card

    Ryan Mayse

    Dungannon Swifts

    74'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kenneth Kane

    Ballymena United

    68'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    David Parkhouse

    Ballymena United

    68'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul McElroy

    Ballymena United

    68'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Waide

    Ballymena United

    68'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Sean Graham

    Ballymena United

    62'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Steven McCullough

    Ballymena United

    62'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Cathair Friel

    Institute

    55'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ruairi McDonald

    Annagh United

    55'
  •  Yellow Card

    Sean Graham

    Ballymena United

    54'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ethan McGee

    Dungannon Swifts

    45'
  •  Yellow Card

    Shane McGinty

    Ballinamallard United

    44'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Micheal Glynn

    Glenavon

    41'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Luke McKendry

    Ards

    41'

Ballymena United

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Ross Redman
  • Kenneth Kane red substitution 68'
  • Brendan Barr
  • David Parkhouse red substitution 68'
  • Conor Keeley
  • Leroy Millar
  • Sean Graham 54' red substitution 62'
  • Malachy Smith red substitution 86'
  • Kym Nelson
  • Mikey Place

Substitutes

  • Ciaran Gallagher
  • Paul McElroy green substitution 68'
  • Ryan Waide green substitution 68'
  • Steven McCullough green substitution 62' 87'
  • Jack Henderson
  • Christopher Rodgers
  • Daniel Bramall green substitution 86'

Dungannon Swifts

  • Declan Dunne
  • Micheal Glynn red substitution 41'
  • Ryan Mayse 74'
  • Joe McCready red substitution 80'
  • Rhyss Campbell
  • Cahal McGinty
  • Shane McGinty 44'
  • Terry Devlin
  • Adam Glenny
  • Ethan McGee 45'
  • Cathair Friel red substitution 55'

Substitutes

  • Dwayne Nelson 75'
  • Caolin Coyle green substitution 80'
  • Luke McKendry 77' green substitution 41'
  • Ben Gallagher
  • Ruairi McDonald green substitution 55'
  • James Convie
  • Marc Walsh

Ballymena United

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Dungannon Swifts

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