Match Centre

BetMcLean Cup
Tuesday 7 November 2023 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Referee: Evan Boyce

Ballymena United home-team
1 FT 1
away-team Coleraine

AET

Coleraine won 18 - 17 on penalties
  •   Scot Whiteside 44'
  •   Josh Carson 58' (pen)
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Coleraine celebrate following their penalty shoot-out victory ©Pacemaker Press

BANNSIDERS THROUGH AFTER EPIC SHOOT-OUT

Coleraine, last season's losing finalists, defeated Ballymena United at the end of an epic penalty shoot-out on Warden Street to make it through to the last eight.

The sides couldn't be separated after either 90 minutes, extra-time or - it seemed - penalties before the Bannsiders eventually emerged 18-17 victors at the end of one of the longest shoot-outs in the history of the game.

After a fiercely contested first half it was Ballymena that went in at the break on top when, on 44 minutes, Scot Whiteside opened the scoring with a powerful downward header from Steven McCullough's free-kick.

The Bannsiders levelled just before the hour when, somewhat ironically as it turned out, Josh Carson slotted home from the spot after Mikey Place was adjudged to have brought down David McDaid.

Isaac Westendorf might have restored home advantage with around ten minutes remaining after making his way into the area only to be denied by a superb stop from keeper Gareth Deane.

Both sides could have sealed the game in extra-time with McDaid dragging the ball just wide at one end while, for United, Place nodded over whilst unmarked in the area.

But that left the lottery that is a penalty shoot-out to decide the outcome of the tie ... and no-one could have anticipated the drama that was to come!

Eventually, after a remarkable 44 penalties, Oran Kearney's came through when Lee Lynch converted just before home keeper Sam Johnston dragged his kick wide.

Ballymena United: Johnston, Nelson, Burns, Rocks, Whiteside, Gawne, Waide, McCullough, Taylor, Boyle, Westendorf subs O'Neill, O'Boyle, McGrory, Murray, Crawford, Place, Stewart

Coleraine: Deane, Kane, D. Jarvis, Kelly, McKendry, Carson, Farren, Glackin, Mitchell, Wallace, Scott subs Gallagher, A. Jarvis, McDaid, Lynch, O'Mahony, McCrudden, Devine

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   1 - 1 Coleraine
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Waide

    Loughgall

    90+4'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Noah Stewart

    Ballymena United

    90+4'
  •  Yellow Card

    Conor McKendry

    Larne

    108'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Donal Rocks

    Ballymena United

    90'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew McGrory

    Ballymena United

    90'
  •  Yellow Card

    Donal Rocks

    Ballymena United

    88'
  •  Yellow Card

    Corrie Burns

    Ballyclare Comrades

    85'
  •  Yellow Card

    Dean Jarvis

    Coleraine

    85'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Mitchell

    Dungannon Swifts

    72'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael McCrudden

    Limavady United

    72'
  •  Yellow Card

    Josh Carson

    Ballymena United

    64'
  • PENALTY SCORED

    Josh Carson

    Ballymena United

    58'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jake Wallace

    Limavady United

    46'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Andy Scott

    Coleraine

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    David McDaid

    Glenavon

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Lee Lynch

    Departed Players

    46'
  • GOAL

    Scot Whiteside

    Linfield

    44'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jamie Glackin

    Coleraine

    44'
  •  Yellow Card

    Scot Whiteside

    Linfield

    36'
  •  Yellow Card

    Mikey Place

    Ballymena United

    29'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kym Nelson

    Ballymena United

    17'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Mikey Place

    Ballymena United

    17'

Ballymena United

  • Sam Johnston
  • Kym Nelson red substitution 17'
  • Corrie Burns 85'
  • Donal Rocks 88' red substitution 90'
  • Scot Whiteside 36' 44'
  • Alex Gawne
  • Ryan Waide red substitution 90+4'
  • Steven McCullough
  • Fraser Taylor
  • Dylan Boyle
  • Isaac Westendorf

Substitutes

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Fiontan O'Boyle
  • Andrew McGrory green substitution 90'
  • TJ Murray
  • Caleb Crawford
  • Mikey Place 29' green substitution 17'
  • Noah Stewart green substitution 90+4'

Coleraine

  • Gareth Deane
  • Lyndon Kane
  • Dean Jarvis 85'
  • Graham Kelly
  • Conor McKendry 108'
  • Josh Carson 64' 58'
  • Kieran Farren
  • Jamie Glackin 44'
  • Andrew Mitchell red substitution 72'
  • Jake Wallace red substitution 46'
  • Andy Scott red substitution 46'

Substitutes

  • Martin Gallagher
  • Aaron Jarvis
  • David McDaid green substitution 46'
  • Lee Lynch green substitution 46'
  • Jack O'Mahony
  • Michael McCrudden green substitution 72'
  • Senan Devine
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