Michael McLellan (61)
Alan Teggart (87p)


David McDaid (45)
Ruairi Harkin (56)


Tony Kane and Stephen Lowry contest a header (Picture: Lorcan Doherty/PressEye.com)


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

Attendance: 1297

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