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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 7 March 2020 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: 2034

Referee: Steven Gregg

Ballymena United home-team
0 FT 2
away-team Coleraine
  •   Aaron Canning 72'
  •   Stephen Lowry 10p'
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Scorers Aaron Canning and Stephen Lowry celebrate Coleraine's win ©INPHO/Brian Little

DERBY DELIGHT FOR TITLE CHASING BANNSIDERS

A goal in each half ensured Coleraine claimed the bragging rights with an away win over struggling derby rivals Ballymena United.

In what was a dress rehearsal for the forthcoming Irish Cup semi-final between the sides the Bannsiders moved in front after just ten minutes when Scot Whiteside conceded a penalty for a foul on Eoin Bradley with Stephen Lowry stepping up to convert from the spot.

James McLaughlin might have added a second midway through the first half but could only blast over after receiving the ball from Bradley while, soon after, Bradley himself squandered an opportunity despite being well placed.

Bradley did have the ball in the net just after the half-hour mark with a drive into the roof of the net from a Lowry free-kick but this was ruled out offside.

Ballymena had a chance to equalise when Steven McCullough's free-kick bounced in front of Chris Johns who could only parry the ball into the path of Joe McCready but his six-yard effort went over.

Coleraine came close to doubling their advantage in the second half when United keeper Ross Glendinning was forced to stretch to tip Aaron Traynor's effort around an upright.

However, on 72 minutes, it was 2-0 after Aaron Canning met Josh Carson's cross to send a looping header over Glendinning just moments after Stewart Nixon had gone one-on-one with the home custodian.

Ballymena United: Ross Glendinning, T. Kane, Addis, Whiteside, Friel, McCullough, McCready, Winchester, Millar, Reece Glendinning, Kelly subs Williamson (not used), Knowles (replaced McCready 82), K. Kane (replaced Kelly 82), Andrew Burns (not used), Balmer (not used), Lecky (replaced Reece Glendinning 69), Owens (not used)

Coleraine: Johns, Kane, Mullan, Canning, Jarvis, Lowry, McLaughlin, Bradley, Carson, Traynor, Nixon subs Gallagher (not used), Douglas (not used), Doherty (replaced Bradley 67), McConaghie (not used), O'Donnell (replaced Jarvis 84), Fitzpatrick (not used), Allen (replaced McLaughlin 79)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   0 - 2 Coleraine
  • GOAL

    Stephen Lowry

    Coleraine

    10p'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Aaron Jarvis

    Coleraine

    84'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Stephen O'Donnell

    Coleraine

    84'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Joe McCready

    Ballymena United

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Joshua Kelly

    Ballymena United

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    James Knowles

    Ballymena United

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kenneth Kane

    Ballymena United

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    James McLaughlin

    Coleraine

    79'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Curtis Allen

    Coleraine

    79'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jude Winchester

    Ballymena United

    74'
  • GOAL

    Aaron Canning

    Coleraine

    72'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Reece Glendinning

    Carrick Rangers

    69'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam Lecky

    Crusaders

    69'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Eoin Bradley

    Coleraine

    67'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Doherty

    Coleraine

    67'
  •  Yellow Card

    Steven McCullough

    Ballymena United

    53'
  •  Yellow Card

    James McLaughlin

    Coleraine

    51'
  •  Yellow Card

    Reece Glendinning

    Carrick Rangers

    16'
  •  Yellow Card

    Tony Kane

    Ballymena United

    10'
  •  Yellow Card

    Adam Mullan

    Coleraine

    5'

Ballymena United

  • Ross Glendinning
  • Tony Kane 10'
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Scot Whiteside
  • Cathair Friel
  • Steven McCullough 53'
  • Joe McCready red substitution 82'
  • Jude Winchester 74'
  • Leroy Millar
  • Reece Glendinning 16' red substitution 69'
  • Joshua Kelly red substitution 82'

Substitutes

  • Jordan Williamson
  • James Knowles green substitution 82'
  • Kenneth Kane green substitution 82'
  • Andrew Burns
  • Kofi Balmer
  • Adam Lecky green substitution 69'
  • Kyle Owens

Coleraine

  • Chris Johns
  • Lyndon Kane
  • Adam Mullan 5'
  • Aaron Canning 72'
  • Aaron Jarvis red substitution 84'
  • Stephen Lowry 10p'
  • James McLaughlin 51' red substitution 79'
  • Eoin Bradley red substitution 67'
  • Josh Carson
  • Aaron Traynor
  • Stewart Nixon

Substitutes

  • Martin Gallagher
  • Steven Douglas
  • Ben Doherty green substitution 67'
  • Gareth McConaghie
  • Stephen O'Donnell green substitution 84'
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick
  • Curtis Allen green substitution 79'

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