Ballymena United 3 H&W Welders 1
Two second half penalties from Alan Teggart sent Ballymena United on their way to a comfortable Irn-Bru League Cup win at the Showgrounds on Tuesday night.
With the game locked at 0-0 and the Championship 1 visitors holding their own in the first period it took livewire youngster Jamie Davidson to come off the bench and spark Glenn Ferguson’s side into life.
He drew fouls for both penalties with Tony Kane adding a well taken free-kick late on, before Mark Wilkinson converted in stoppage time for the visitors as United marched into the quarter-finals.
The opening goal came a minute before the hour mark as substitute Davidson made an immediate impact. His run inside the box was ended abruptly by Aaron McKee leaving referee Tim Marshall with the simple task of pointing to the spot. Alan Teggart then confidently sent Thompson the wrong way.
On 81 minutes Davidson won his second penalty of the night, felled on this occasion by goalkeeper Thompson. Up stepped Teggart to score, this time drilling down the centre of the goal.
United rounded off their scoring when full-back Kane drilled a free-kick past Thompson.
Former Nortel striker Wilkinson got Paul Miskelly’s men on the scoresheet as he poked home in the dying embers of added time.