Ferguson admits that Sky Blues stole a point through late deflected strike

Matthew Tipton (left) congratulates Ally Teggart after he scored Ballymena's second goal. INBT 42- UNITED 1.
Matthew Tipton (left) congratulates Ally Teggart after he scored Ballymena's second goal. INBT 42- UNITED 1.

It wasn’t pretty but Ballymena United managed to salvage a late point in Saturday’s game with Dungannon.

Both sides had chances to win it in a breathless finish with Matthew Tipton and Liggett both spurning great opportunities.

It was in contrast to a first half which had been a story of missed chances 
for both sides.

Ballymena’s best chance came when David Cushley slid a free-kick in to Darren Boyce, but the ex-Swifts striker got no power on his shot, firing straight at the goalkeeper.

Ballymena manager Glenn Ferguson admitted they didn’t deserve anything from the game.

“We’ve stolen a point,” 
he admitted.

Sanusi went close for the visitors in the 19th minute but, after taking a pass from Jamie Douglas, he was denied by Dwayne Nelson.

Ballymena’s best chance came when David Cushley slid a free-kick in to Darren Boyce, but the ex-Swifts striker got no power on his shot, firing straight 
at the goalkeeper.

Cushley drew another save from Andy Coleman with a low, 20-yard strike.

The deadlock was broken two minutes before the break. Matthew Tipton’s delightful back-heel found Jenkins, who fired home from 10 yards.

It came as a body-blow to a Swifts side on a dismal run, but they were back on level terms 30 seconds after the restart.

Sanusi picked the ball up on the left side of the pitch, about 25 yards from goal, and equalised with a spectacular half-volley past a helpless Nelson.

David McCullough almost put the visitors ahead but saw his strike cleared off the line, before firing over from a promising position soon afterwards.

As the game opened up, Jenkins’ close-range header was blocked by the goalkeeper while Sanusi went close 
again for Swifts.

Dungannon took the lead 15 minutes from the end, Sanusi capping a fine performance by setting up substitute Liggett for a tap-in.

However, Sanusi’s afternoon ended on a sour note when he was dismissed eight minutes from time for 
a second booking.

And Ballymena capitalised on their man advantage with a late equaliser, Teggart scoring after the visitors failed to deal with a long ball.

BALLYMENA UTD: Nelson, Kane, Stewart, Taylor, McBride (Teggart, 80), Gawley, Thompson (Taggart, 68), Jenkins, Cushley, Tipton, Boyce