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Match Centre

Premiership
Friday 16 October 2020 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Coleraine Showgrounds

Attendance: 450

Referee: Andrew Davey

Coleraine home-team
0 FT 1
away-team Ballymena United
  •   Kofi Balmer 27'
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Ballymena United celebrate Kofi Balmer's goal ©PressEye

BALMER GOAL GETS BALLYMENA OFF TO WINNING START

A Kofi Balmer goal midway through the first half was enough for Ballymena United to defeat derby rivals Coleraine on the opening night of the new Danske Bank Premiership campaign.
 
Balmer grabbed what proved to be the only goal of the game after 27 minutes with a back post header after rising unmarked to convert Steven McCullough's corner.
 
Both sides enjoyed chances during the opening exchanges with Ben Doherty firing a free-kick from the edge of the box just over while, at the other end, Stephen O'Donnell almost turned the ball into his own net.
 
After Balmer had opened the scoring Ballymena almost doubled their lead when Ciaran Kelly connected with a McCullough delivery only for the ball to go just wide while Gareth Deane later produced a superb stop from Leroy Millar.
 
The visitors were reduced to ten men just before the break after Josh Kelly was shown a straight red card by Andrew Davey following a challenge on Stewart Nixon.
 
Unsurprisingly, the Bannsiders tried to make their extra man count in the second half. 
 
James McLaughlin tested Ross Glendinning from distance on the hour, before blasting just over a couple of minutes after that.
 
Evan Tweed then saw an acrobatic effort held while, moments later, McLaughlin turned the ball against an upright with Trai Hume doing well to clear Josh Carson's rebound off the line. Stephen Lowry also fired just over sixty seconds after that as Oran Kearney's side pushed hard for the equaliser.
 
But Ballymena might have doubled their advantage with around a quarter-of-an-hour remaining after Ryan Waide cut in down the right only to fire into the side netting.
 
David Jeffrey's side subsequently held on to secure the points, although Coleraine had one final chance in the closing moments when substitute Ian Parkhill saw a goalbound effort blocked by Jonny Addis.

Coleraine: Deane, Kane, Doherty, Lowry, McLaughlin, Carson, McConaghie, Tweed, O'Donnell, Glackin, Nixon subs Gallagher (not used), Douglas (not used), Wilson (not used), Parkhill (replaced Nixon 83), Allen (replaced O'Donnell 70), Tosh (not used), McLean (not used)
 
Ballymena United: Glendinning, Redman, McCullough, McElroy, McCartan, Waide, Balmer, Hume, Millar, C. Kelly, J. Kelly subs Williamson (not used), T. Kane (not used), Addis (replaced Balmer 78), McKeown (not used), Winchester (not used), Harpur (replaced McCartan 74), K. Kane (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Coleraine   0 - 1 Ballymena United
  •  Yellow Card

    Lyndon Kane

    Coleraine

    87'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Stewart Nixon

    Coleraine

    83'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ian Parkhill

    Coleraine

    83'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Kofi Balmer

    Ballymena United

    78'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonathan Addis

    Ballymena United

    78'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Shay McCartan

    Ballymena United

    74'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Harpur

    Ballymena United

    74'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Stephen O'Donnell

    Coleraine

    70'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Curtis Allen

    Coleraine

    70'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jamie Glackin

    Coleraine

    69'
  •  Red Card

    Joshua Kelly

    Ballymena United

    43'
  • GOAL

    Kofi Balmer

    Ballymena United

    27'

Coleraine

  • Gareth Deane
  • Lyndon Kane 87'
  • Ben Doherty
  • Stephen Lowry
  • James McLaughlin
  • Josh Carson
  • Gareth McConaghie
  • Evan Tweed
  • Stephen O'Donnell red substitution 70'
  • Jamie Glackin 69'
  • Stewart Nixon red substitution 83'

Substitutes

  • Martin Gallagher
  • Steven Douglas
  • Ronan Wilson
  • Ian Parkhill green substitution 83'
  • Curtis Allen green substitution 70'
  • Lewis Tosh
  • Robert McLean

Ballymena United

  • Ross Glendinning
  • Ross Redman
  • Steven McCullough
  • Paul McElroy
  • Shay McCartan red substitution 74'
  • Ryan Waide
  • Kofi Balmer red substitution 78' 27'
  • Trai Hume
  • Leroy Millar
  • Ciaran Kelly
  • Joshua Kelly 43'

Substitutes

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Tony Kane
  • Jonathan Addis green substitution 78'
  • Owen McKeown
  • Jude Winchester
  • Ryan Harpur green substitution 74'
  • Kenneth Kane

Coleraine

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Ballymena United

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