Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 28 October 2023 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: 971

Referee: Shane Andrews

Ballymena United home-team
1 FT 1
away-team Dungannon Swifts
  •   Isaac Westendorf 25'
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Isaac Westendorf opened the scoring ©Stephen Hamilton/INPHO

SPOILS SHARED AT THE SHOWGROUNDS

Ballymena United and Dungannon Swifts shared the points from this important bottom of the table clash at The Showgrounds.

The Sky Blues might have gone in front with just less than a quarter-of-an-hour on the clock when Noah Stewart's header from Steven McCullough's corner was cleared off the line by Thomas Maguire.

Swifts keeper Conor Mitchell was then called into action to twice deny Isaac Westendorf before, on 25 minutes, the loan signing from Larne did break the deadlock when he outpaced the Swifts defence before firing a powerful finish past Mitchell.

The visitors looked to get back onto level terms when Kealan Dillon tested Sean O'Neill with a low drive, but Ballymena looked the more likely to find the net again as Westendorf had a header tipped away while Andrew McGrory offered up an acrobatic effort that sailed wide of the target.

Gael Bigirimana came close to equalising for the Swifts moments from the break with a curling effort from just outside the box towards the bottom corner only for the ball to drift wide of the right post.

But, six minutes into the second half, Rodney McAree's side did find the net after Matthew Lusty's pass across the face of goal was turned into his own net by defender Lewis Tennant.

Looking to regain the advantage, Fraser Taylor produced a superb diving save from Mitchell later in the game while, for the Swifts, Joe Moore was denied by O'Neill.

In the closing stages Westendorf was thwarted by an Ethan McGee clearance before sending a later effort off target following a run down the left.

Ballymena United: O’Neill, Burns, Rocks, Gawne, McCullough, Taylor, McGrory, Tennant, Boyle, Stewart, Westendorf subs Johnston, Waide, O’Boyle, Walsh, Murray, Crawford, Place

Dungannon Swifts: Mitchell, McGee, J. Scott, Curry, Marron, Dillon, S. Scott, Maguire, Lusty, Alves, Bigirimana subs Dunne, Owens, Knowles, Devine, Glenny, Moore, Galvin

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   1 - 1 Dungannon Swifts
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Fraser Taylor

    Ballymena United

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Lewis Tennant

    Ballymena United

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Fiontan O'Boyle

    Coagh United

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Marc Walsh

    Dergview

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kealan Dillon

    Dungannon Swifts

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Thomas Maguire

    Dungannon Swifts

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Niall Owens

    Dungannon Swifts

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Tomas Galvin

    Dungannon Swifts

    82'
  •  Yellow Card

    James Knowles

    Dungannon Swifts

    81'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew McGrory

    Ballymena United

    71'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Mikey Place

    Ballymena United

    71'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Noah Stewart

    Ballymena United

    67'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Waide

    Loughgall

    67'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Gaël Bigirimana

    Dungannon Swifts

    67'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    James Knowles

    Dungannon Swifts

    67'
  •  Yellow Card

    Dylan Boyle

    Ballymena United

    59'
  • OWN GOAL

    Lewis Tennant

    Ballymena United

    51'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Steven Scott

    Dungannon Swifts

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Joseph Moore

    Dungannon Swifts

    46'
  •  Yellow Card

    Steven Scott

    Dungannon Swifts

    31'
  • GOAL

    Isaac Westendorf

    Unregistered Players

    25'
  •  Yellow Card

    Sean O'Neill

    Ballymena United

    23'

Ballymena United

  • Sean O'Neill 23'
  • Corrie Burns
  • Donal Rocks
  • Alex Gawne
  • Steven McCullough
  • Fraser Taylor red substitution 82'
  • Andrew McGrory red substitution 71'
  • Lewis Tennant red substitution 82' 51' (OG)
  • Dylan Boyle 59'
  • Noah Stewart red substitution 67'
  • Isaac Westendorf 25'

Substitutes

  • Sam Johnston
  • Ryan Waide green substitution 67'
  • Fiontan O'Boyle green substitution 82'
  • Marc Walsh green substitution 82'
  • TJ Murray
  • Caleb Crawford
  • Mikey Place green substitution 71'

Dungannon Swifts

  • Conor Mitchell
  • Ethan McGee
  • John Scott
  • Dean Curry
  • Caolan Marron
  • Kealan Dillon red substitution 82'
  • Steven Scott 31' red substitution 46'
  • Thomas Maguire red substitution 82'
  • Matthew Lusty
  • Leo Alves
  • Gaël Bigirimana red substitution 67'

Substitutes

  • Declan Dunne
  • Niall Owens green substitution 82'
  • James Knowles 81' green substitution 67'
  • Ethan Devine
  • Adam Glenny
  • Joseph Moore green substitution 46'
  • Tomas Galvin green substitution 82'

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