Tony Kane and Stephen Lowry contest a header (Picture: Lorcan Doherty/PressEye.com)
Saturday, 15 February 2014
BALLYMENA United came from two goals down to earn a point from this derby with Coleraine at The Showgrounds.
After a quiet opening period the Bannsiders created the first real effort of note when, on 25 minutes, the ball fell for Stephen Douglas after a corner wasn't cleared by United 'keeper Aaron Shanahan did well to hold onto the left-foot volley.
David Cushley might have broken the deadlock on 44 minutes only to drag a shot wide of the upright despite being well placed.
But almost straightaway David McDaid fired the visitors in front with a speculative 25-yard effort which dipped over Shanahan.
Oran Kearney's side doubled their advantage on 56 minutes after Ruairi Harkin dispossessed Gary Thompson to launch a stunning right-foot shot from almost 30 yards beyond the home 'keeper.
United pulled a goal back five minutes later through Michael McLellan who made the most of an Eugene Ferry mistake to round the 'keeper and guide the ball home.
And they levelled in a dramatic finish three minutes from time courtesy of an Ally Teggart spot-kick awarded after Cushley had been brought down by Howard Beverland.
Coleraine finished the game with ten men following Browne's late dismissal for dissent.
Ballymena United: Shanahan, Ervin, Munster, Stewart, McCullagh, McBride, Kane, Thompson, Jenkins, Cushley, McLellan subs Davidson (replaced Thompson 75), Taylor (not used), Teggart (replaced Munster 62), Surgenor (not used), Kelly (replaced McBride 80)
Coleraine: Ferry, Beverland, McIlmoyle, Douglas, Ogilby, Lowry, Browne, Harkin, E. Bradley, Tommons, McDaid subs Owens (not used), Watt (not used), Jennings (not used), McNeill (replaced Tommons 90), Shannon (not used)
Referee: Mark Courtney
|Allan Jenkins||90 +1|
|Eoin Bradley||90 +2|
|Gary Browne||90 +3|
|David McDaid||90 +4||45|
|Joe McNeill||90 +3||90|