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Match Centre

Premiership
Saturday 12 October 2019 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: 1423

Referee: Andrew Davey

Ballymena United home-team
1 FT 1
away-team Crusaders
  •   Ryan Harpur 67'
  •   Jamie McGonigle 48p'
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©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton

CRUES SEE LEAD CUT AFTER SHOWGROUNDS STALEMATE

Crusaders saw their lead at the top of the table cut to three points following this draw with Ballymena United at The Showgrounds.

Scoreless at the break the Crues had the better of what chances were created with Paul Heatley, Ross Clarke and Billy Joe Burns all testing Ross Glendinning.

The deadlock was broken just three minutes into the second half when United defender Ryan Harpur was penalised for handball with Jamie McGonigle stepping up to convert from the spot.

Ballymena responded well, Leroy Millar saw an effort deflected just wide while Jonny Addis saw a drive stopped by Gerard Doherty.

McGonigle almost doubled Crusaders' lead on 65 minutes only to send the ball onto the roof of the net.

However, the Sky Blues levelled just two minutes after that when Harpur redeemed himself by getting his head to a Scot Whiteside ball into the box to flick the equaliser past Doherty.

And United squandered a last gasp opportunity to snatch the points after Jude Winchester had time to pick his spot in front of goal only to send the ball straight at the Crues keeper.

Ballymena United: Glendinning, Addis, Whiteside, Harpur, McCullough, K. Kane, McGrory, Winchester, Ervin, Millar, Kelly subs Williamson (not used), Mayse (not used), McGinty (not used), Friel (replaced K. Kane 79), Andrew Burns (not used), Carville (not used), Lavery (not used)

Crusaders: Doherty, Burns, Beverland, Coates, Hale, Caddell, Forsythe, J. Owens, Thompson, Heatley, Clarke subs O'Neill (not used), Ward (not used), McGonigle (replaced J. Owens 25), Cushley (not used), K. Owens (replaced Beverland 72), Ruddy (replaced Burns 46), McElroy (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   1 - 1 Crusaders
  • GOAL

    Jamie McGonigle

    Crusaders

    48p'
  •  Yellow Card

    Colin Coates

    Glenavon

    90'
  •  Yellow Card

    Cathair Friel

    Ballymena United

    87'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jude Winchester

    Ballymena United

    84'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ryan Harpur

    Ballymena United

    82'
  •  Yellow Card

    Andrew McGrory

    Ballymena United

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kenneth Kane

    Ballymena United

    79'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Cathair Friel

    Ballymena United

    79'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Howard Beverland

    Coleraine

    72'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Kyle Owens

    Dundela

    72'
  • GOAL

    Ryan Harpur

    Ballymena United

    67'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Billy Joe Burns

    Crusaders

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael Ruddy

    Crusaders

    46'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Owens

    Crusaders

    25'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie McGonigle

    Crusaders

    25'

Ballymena United

  • Ross Glendinning
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Scot Whiteside
  • Ryan Harpur 82' 67'
  • Steven McCullough
  • Kenneth Kane red substitution 79'
  • Andrew McGrory 80'
  • Jude Winchester 84'
  • Jim Ervin
  • Leroy Millar
  • Joshua Kelly

Substitutes

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Ryan Mayse
  • Shane McGinty
  • Cathair Friel 87' green substitution 79'
  • Andrew Burns
  • Declan Carville
  • Ross Lavery

Crusaders

  • Gerard Doherty
  • Billy Joe Burns red substitution 46'
  • Howard Beverland red substitution 72'
  • Colin Coates 90'
  • Rory Hale
  • Declan Caddell
  • Jordan Forsythe
  • Jordan Owens red substitution 25'
  • Gary Thompson
  • Paul Heatley
  • Ross Clarke

Substitutes

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Sean Ward
  • Jamie McGonigle green substitution 25' 48p'
  • David Cushley
  • Kyle Owens green substitution 72'
  • Michael Ruddy green substitution 46'
  • Paul McElroy

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