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Match Centre

Premiership
Thursday 26 December 2019 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Coleraine Showgrounds

Attendance: 2952

Referee: Jamie Robinson

Coleraine home-team
2 FT 0
away-team Ballymena United
  •   Josh Carson 10'
  •   Jamie Glackin 17'
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Coleraine celebrate Josh Carson's opener ©INPHO/Declan Roughan

BANNSIDERS ON TOP AT THE SHOWGROUNDS

Two early goals ultimately handed Coleraine victory over Ballymena United in the Boxing Day derby at The Showgrounds.

Despite the visitors enjoying the better start it was the Bannsiders who moved in front after nine minutes through Josh Carson with a rifled low left-foot shot past United keeper Jordan Williamson into the bottom corner.

Then, on 17 minutes, Jamie Glackin made it 2-0 with his third goal of the season when he tucked away the rebound after Eoin Bradley's initial effort had been well saved by Williamson.

Ballymena went close to pulling a goal back midway through the first half through Josh Kelly but his close range flicked effort was well kept out by Chris Johns.

Both sides might have found the net before the break. Stephen Lowry was just inches away from extending Coleraine's lead with an effort from distance while, moments later, Johns was forced into a fine save to keep out Tony Kane's free-kick.

Glackin found himself through on goal early in the second half as Coleraine looked to find their third with team-mate Ben Doherty then testing Williamson from 25 yards with a right-foot drive.

The visitors were dealt a blow just after the hour when Williamson was shown a straight red card for handling inside the box as Bradley was racing through on goal. Williamson was replaced between the posts by Declan Carville who produced a couple of saves to keep the hosts at bay for the remainder of the game.

But, in the end, Coleraine were relatively untroubled in claiming only their second win in seven outings while Ballymena fell to their first defeat in four.

Coleraine: Johns, Kane, Canning, Doherty, Lowry, McLaughlin, Bradley, Carson, McConaghie, Glackin, Traynor subs Gallagher (not used), Douglas (not used), O'Donnell (not used), Parkhill, Gawne (replaced McLaughlin 80), McGuckin (replaced Bradley 90), Maciulaitis (not used)

Ballymena United: Williamson, T. Kane, Knowles, McCullough, Andrew Burns, McGrory, Addis, Ervin, Lecky, Millar, Kelly subs Mayse (not used), Whiteside (not used), McGinty (not used), K. Kane (replaced Millar 73), Carville (replaced Knowles 66), Reece Glendinning (not used), Lavery (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Coleraine   2 - 0 Ballymena United
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Eoin Bradley

    Coleraine

    90'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Emmett McGuckin

    Dergview

    90'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    James McLaughlin

    Coleraine

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Alex Gawne

    Carrick Rangers

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Leroy Millar

    Ballymena United

    73'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kenneth Kane

    Ballymena United

    73'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    James Knowles

    Ballymena United

    66'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Declan Carville

    Newry City

    66'
  •  Red Card

    Jordan Williamson

    Ballymena United

    64'
  •  Yellow Card

    Eoin Bradley

    Coleraine

    54'
  •  Yellow Card

    Andrew Burns

    Unregistered Players

    54'
  •  Yellow Card

    Aaron Traynor

    Coleraine

    51'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jamie Glackin

    Coleraine

    49'
  •  Yellow Card

    Joshua Kelly

    Ballymena United

    47'
  •  Yellow Card

    Adam Lecky

    Crusaders

    35'
  • GOAL

    Jamie Glackin

    Coleraine

    17'
  • GOAL

    Josh Carson

    Coleraine

    10'

Coleraine

  • Chris Johns
  • Lyndon Kane
  • Aaron Canning
  • Ben Doherty
  • Stephen Lowry
  • James McLaughlin red substitution 80'
  • Eoin Bradley 54' red substitution 90'
  • Josh Carson 10'
  • Gareth McConaghie
  • Jamie Glackin 49' 17'
  • Aaron Traynor 51'

Substitutes

  • Martin Gallagher
  • Steven Douglas
  • Stephen O'Donnell
  • Ian Parkhill
  • Alex Gawne green substitution 80'
  • Emmett McGuckin green substitution 90'
  • Nedas Maciulaitis

Ballymena United

  • Jordan Williamson 64'
  • Tony Kane
  • Jonathan Addis
  • James Knowles red substitution 66'
  • Steven McCullough
  • Andrew Burns 54'
  • Andrew McGrory
  • Jim Ervin
  • Adam Lecky 35'
  • Leroy Millar red substitution 73'
  • Joshua Kelly 47'

Substitutes

  • Scot Whiteside
  • Ryan Mayse
  • Shane McGinty
  • Kenneth Kane green substitution 73'
  • Declan Carville green substitution 66'
  • Reece Glendinning
  • Ross Lavery

Coleraine

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Ballymena United

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