Ballymena take home Co Antrim Shield

Ballymena United 1-1 Linfield (4-3 pens)
Published Tuesday, 27 November 2012
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Ballymena United lifted their first trophy in 23 years after beating Linfield following a penalty shootout in the Co Antrim Shield final at the Oval on Tuesday.

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Ballymena went ahead in the first half when David Munster got his first goal of the season in the 23rd minute.

Linfield didn't equalise until well into the second half when Brian McCaul came off the bench and coolly stepped up to take a penalty, after Munster brought down Michael Carville in the box.

The score was 1-1 at full-time and, with no further goals in the 30 minutes of extra time, the game went to penalties.

After both sides scored three penalties each, the shoot out went to sudden death.

Linfield's Daryl Fordyce saw his spot kick saved and Alan Davidson put away Ballymena's winning penalty.

Winning manager Glenn Ferguson said he practised penalties with the team during the week and told them to stick to the side they had in their head and not to change their mind.

It was his first trophy win as a manager, even though he picked up 30 winners medals as a player.

He told UTV Sport that the victory wasn't any sweeter because it was against his old club Linfield, it was just a matter of winning.

He said he was delighted for the players and everyone at the club.

Blues boss David Jeffrey said he wanted to congratulate Ferguson and his backroom team and everyone at Ballymena, but he said he was very hurt to lose, because he is a winner.

He said: "We had plenty of chances and we didn't take them."

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pablo in Belfast wrote (511 days ago):
Linfield will not be back 'big time'and neither will any other Irsh league club as the Irish Legaue itself is strictly small time.
Paul Irwin in Lisburn wrote (511 days ago):
Someone's a sore loser Linfield Forever, eh? Our fans applauded the Linfield fans who stayed behind to offer their congratulations and I heard no derogatory singing towards them. Still, I'm sure if you say we did then we must have! You don't half talk some nonsense in your comments. Good luck for the rest of the season - you'll need it.
phil in ballymena wrote (512 days ago):
well done sky blues it was well deserved. played great.hope linfield arn't to disappointed. and to the linfield fan complaining about the ovel not all the clubs get money hand over fist from the IFA.
Linfield Forever in belfast wrote (512 days ago):
As a Linfield supporter I would congratulate Ballymena on winning the Co Antrim Shield. However it is a pity their once every 20 years glory hunters would travel home and away every week and support their club. It was a bit rich that Ballymena supporters were singing derogatory songs to the many Linfield supporters who stayed behind to clap the Ballymena team when they lifted the Shield. It was an insult for the Ballymena glory hunters to sing "can you the linfield sing" when about 40 turned up at Windsor Park on Saturday and every other time we play them. To the idiot Ballymena player who felt it necessary to gesture to the Linfield fans when he scored his penalty rather than ackknowledge his own fans what a clown ! As to the Oval being picked to hold a final what a disgrace. No running water in the taps and the flushing system in the Ladies toilet not working Also broken concrete steps leading down to the toilets and shocking lighting when is the Oval going to be closed as it is truly shocking. Well done Glen but Linfield will be back big time make no mistake about it.
Nathan Linfield fan in South Belfast wrote (512 days ago):
Concrats Glenn Ferguson you were a great player at linfield and now youve won your first cup as a manager youll turn into a great manager
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