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David Munster and Gary Hamilton keep an eye on the ball (Picture: Brian Little/PressEye.com)

TEN-MAN GLENAVON SETTLE FOR POINT AT MOURNEVIEW

BALLYMENA United climbed another place up the table with this scoreless draw against a Glenavon side that will feel they should have claimed all three points.

The strong wind severely hindered any hopes of either side making much headway during the first half.

Of the chances that were created, for Glenavon, Gareth McKeown saw a 20-yard drive deflected over while Kyle Neill had a corner cleared off the line by Mark Surgenor.

At the other end United's best chance fell to Gary Thompson who fired over despite being well placed.

Ciaran Martyn came close for the Lurgan Blues on 57 minutes after he made the most of a Johnny Taylor slip only for Dwayne Nelson to do enough to deal with the danger.

Then, a few minutes later, Rhys Marshall connected with a McKeown throw-in but couldn't keep his header on target.

Glenavon were reduced to ten men on 67 minutes when Neill was shown a second yellow card following a foul on David Cushley.

Despite this Glenavon looked the more likely to grab the points.

As the game progressed McKeown produced a great save from Nelson straight from a free-kick while Gary Hamilton did have the ball in the net only for it to be ruled out offside.

Glenavon: Coleman, Neill, Lindsay, Kilmartin, Patton, McGrory, Marshall, McKeown, McCabe, Martyn, Hamilton subs Rainey (replaced Patton 66), McDaid (not used), McIlveen (not used), Dane (not used), Gardiner (not used)

Ballymena United: Nelson, McCullagh, Munster, Taylor, Stewart, Kane, Surgenor, Thompson, Cushley, Jenkins, Dolan subs Taggart (not used), Liggett (replaced Cushley 88), Teggart (replaced Dolan 64), Lowry (replaced Munster 82), McLellan (not used)

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Attendance: 463

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