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Match Centre

Premiership
Tuesday 6 April 2021 (kick off: 7.30 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: BCD

Referee: Steven Gregg

Ballymena United home-team
2 FT 2
away-team Glentoran
  •   Shay McCartan 78' 86' (pen)
  •   Seanan Clucas 14' 74'
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Seanan Clucas and Sean Graham in action ©Stephen Hamilton/INPHO

SKY BLUES STAGE LATE SHOWGROUNDS COMEBACK

Ballymena United came back from two goals down to earn a point from Glentoran's visit to The Showgrounds.
 
Glentoran moved in front on 14 minutes. Seanan Clucas got past the injured Tony Kane down the left and brought the ball forward to the near post to beat United's 16-year-old debutant Dylan Graham with a low shot between his legs.
 
Ballymena had a chance to level soon after when Ross Redman's delivery fell for Ryan Waide at the post but his scuffed effort under pressure from the Glentoran defence went over.
 
At the other end Robbie McDaid was presented with a great chance to double Glentoran's lead but his shot in front of goal went over.
 
Glentoran twice went close early in the second half. On 54 minutes a Jay Donnelly header evaded Graham but Jim Ervin was on hand to clear the effort off the line while, a few minutes after that, a long ball over the top was knocked away by Jonny Addis.
 
The visitors eventually doubled their lead with just over a quarter-of-an-hour remaining with Clucas' second of the evening. He did well to dispossess Josh Kelly on the left and then worked his way into the box to knock home a curling finish from a tight angle into the far corner.
 
But Ballymena pulled one back just four minutes after that courtesy of Shay McCartan creating some space in the box and squeezing the ball into the bottom corner.
 
And McCartan almost levelled on 84 minutes with a free-kick cleared off the line and under his own crossbar by Patrick McClean.
 
However, the former Northern Ireland international did bag Ballymena's equaliser just a couple of minutes after that from the spot after Chris Gallagher was adjudged to have fouled Sean Graham, a controversial decision that provoked protests from the Glentoran camp.
 
Ballymena United: D. Graham, T. Kane, Redman, Addis, McElroy, McCartan, Waide, Hume, Ervin, Kelly, Wylie subs McKeown (not used), Harpur (not used), Knowles (not used), S. Graham (replaced T. Kane 17), Beattie (not used), McCready (not used), Farquhar (not used)
 
Glentoran: Brown, Kane, McCullough, Bigirimana, R. Donnelly, McDaid, McClean, Clucas, Marron, Marshall, J. Donnelly subs Morris (not used), Gallagher (replaced Kane 80), McDonagh (not used), Mitchell (replaced J. Donnelly 81), O'Connor (not used), Crowe (not used), Plum (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   2 - 2 Glentoran
  • PENALTY SCORED

    Shay McCartan

    Ballymena United

    86'
  •  Yellow Card

    Chris Gallagher

    Glentoran

    85'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jay Donnelly

    Glentoran

    81'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Mitchell

    Glentoran

    81'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Marcus Kane

    Glentoran

    80'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Chris Gallagher

    Glentoran

    80'
  • GOAL

    Shay McCartan

    Ballymena United

    78'
  • GOAL

    Seanan Clucas

    Glentoran

    74'
  •  Yellow Card

    Ben Wylie

    Ballymena United

    70'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Tony Kane

    Ballymena United

    17'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Sean Graham

    Ballymena United

    17'
  • GOAL

    Seanan Clucas

    Glentoran

    14'
  •  Yellow Card

    Tony Kane

    Ballymena United

    2'

Ballymena United

  • Dylan Graham
  • Tony Kane 2' red substitution 17'
  • Ross Redman
  • Jonathan Addis
  • Paul McElroy
  • Shay McCartan 78' 86'
  • Ryan Waide
  • Trai Hume
  • Jim Ervin
  • Joshua Kelly
  • Ben Wylie 70'

Substitutes

  • Owen McKeown
  • Ryan Harpur
  • James Knowles
  • Sean Graham green substitution 17'
  • Spencer Beattie
  • Joe McCready
  • Craig Farquhar

Glentoran

  • Rory Brown
  • Marcus Kane red substitution 80'
  • Luke McCullough
  • Gaël Bigirimana
  • Ruaidhrí Donnelly
  • Robbie McDaid
  • Patrick McClean
  • Seanan Clucas 14' 74'
  • Caolan Marron
  • Rhys Marshall
  • Jay Donnelly red substitution 81'

Substitutes

  • Elliott Morris
  • Chris Gallagher 85' green substitution 80'
  • Jamie McDonagh
  • Andrew Mitchell green substitution 81'
  • Ciaran O'Connor
  • Joe Crowe
  • Hrvoje Plum

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