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Match Centre

Premiership
Tuesday 2 March 2021 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: BCD

Referee: Andrew Davey

Ballymena United home-team
1 FT 1
away-team Cliftonville
  •   Shay McCartan 85'
  •   Ryan Curran 76' (pen)
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Shay McCartan levelled late in the game for Ballymena ©Brian Little/INPHO

ALL SQUARE AT THE SHOWGROUNDS

Ballymena United and Cliftonville battled to an equal share of the points and goals at The Showgrounds.
 
United had the ball in the net inside the opening three minutes but Conor Keeley's 'goal' was ruled out after it was adjudged the ball had gone out of play.
 
The home side had a couple of other chances in the minutes that followed, both through Jude Winchester and both well saved by Aaron McCarey.
 
Cliftonville's first effort of note came on 18 minutes when Paul O'Neill got past a couple of defenders but Ross Glendinning comfortably dealt with his subsequent shot.
 
Ryan O'Reilly later send a looping header wide while, in first half stoppage time, Garry Breen fired over from a free-kick.
 
Both sides had their chances after the break but Ballymena looked the more likely to score as things progressed.
 
That was until the 76th minute, however. United keeper Ross Glendinning was ruled to have brought down Daire O'Connor inside the box and from the resulting spot-kick Ryan Curran stepped up to fire the visitors in front.
 
But Ballymena levelled with five minutes remaining with Shay McCartan bagging the late equaliser via a superb right footed curling effort into the top corner from around 35 yards.
 
Ballymena United: Glendinning, Winchester, McElroy, McCartan, McGrory, Hume, Keeley, Kelly, Graham, Wylie, McCready subs Williamson (not used), T. Kane (not used), Redman (replaced Graham 76), Knowles (not used), Waide (replaced McCready 76), Ervin (not used), Beattie (not used)
 
Cliftonville: McCarey, Breen, O'Reilly, C. Curran, R. Curran, Donnelly, Bagnall, Lowe, Kearns, O'Neill, Coffey subs Dunne (not used), Harney (not used), O'Connor (replaced Kearns 79), McCrudden (not used), Doherty (not used), Casey (not used), Hale (replaced Coffey 63)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   1 - 1 Cliftonville
  • GOAL

    Shay McCartan

    Ballymena United

    85'
  •  Yellow Card

    Liam Bagnall

    Cliftonville

    81'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ross Glendinning

    Ballymena United

    79'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Sean Graham

    Ballymena United

    76'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Joe McCready

    Ballymena United

    76'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Redman

    Ballymena United

    76'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Waide

    Ballymena United

    76'
  • PENALTY SCORED

    Ryan Curran

    Cliftonville

    76'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Kearns

    Cliftonville

    70'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Daire O'Connor

    Cliftonville

    70'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Barry Coffey

    Cliftonville

    63'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Rory Hale

    Cliftonville

    63'
  •  Yellow Card

    Shay McCartan

    Ballymena United

    51'
  •  Yellow Card

    Paul McElroy

    Ballymena United

    32'

Ballymena United

  • Ross Glendinning 79'
  • Jude Winchester
  • Paul McElroy 32'
  • Shay McCartan 51' 85'
  • Andrew McGrory
  • Trai Hume
  • Conor Keeley
  • Joshua Kelly
  • Sean Graham red substitution 76'
  • Ben Wylie
  • Joe McCready red substitution 76'

Substitutes

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Tony Kane
  • Ross Redman green substitution 76'
  • James Knowles
  • Ryan Waide green substitution 76'
  • Jim Ervin
  • Spencer Beattie

Cliftonville

  • Aaron McCarey
  • Garry Breen
  • Ryan O'Reilly
  • Chris Curran
  • Ryan Curran 76'
  • Aaron Donnelly
  • Liam Bagnall 81'
  • Kris Lowe
  • Paul O'Neill
  • Daniel Kearns red substitution 70'
  • Barry Coffey red substitution 63'

Substitutes

  • Declan Dunne
  • Rory Hale green substitution 63'
  • Jamie Harney
  • Daire O'Connor green substitution 70'
  • Michael McCrudden
  • Odhran Casey
  • Ronan Doherty

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