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Match Centre

Premiership
Monday 27 December 2021 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: 3210

Referee: Ian McNabb

Ballymena United home-team
2 FT 1
away-team Coleraine
  •   Paul McElroy 4'
  •   David Parkhouse 90'
  •   James McLaughlin 60'
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David Parkhouse knocks home Ballymena's late winner ©Stephen Hamilton/INPHO

DERBY DAY DELIGHT FOR SKY BLUES

David Parkhouse bagged Ballymena United's late winner as the Sky Blues edged to a derby day victory over Coleraine on Warden Street.

The win moves David Jeffrey's side just two points behind Oran Kearney's Bannsiders in sixth spot, and marks a first 'Boxing Day' win for United since 2016.

Ballymena needed just four minutes to open the scoring when Paul McElroy fired a left-foot strike into the bottom corner after Kenneth Kane had flicked on Sam Johnston's clearance.

Conor McKendry came close to levelling for Coleraine soon after but he could only fire into the side netting while, around the half-hour mark, Johnston did well to keep out Stephen O'Donnell's header from inside the area.

Then, moments from the break, Aaron Traynor came close from Jamie Glackin's corner only to head wide at the back post.

Coleraine did level on the hour, however, through substitute James McLaughlin after he lobbed Johnston with his first touch from McKendry's ball over the top of the United defence.

That was how it stayed in a hard fought encounter until the closing stages when United skipper Leroy Millar almost found a way through with a strong effort from the edge of the area that Coleraine's replacement keeper Martin Gallagher proved equal to.

But the game was ultimately settled in Ballymena's favour when Parkhouse poked the ball home at the back post after meeting a cross from the left.

Ballymena United: Johnston, Redman, Wilson, McElroy, McCullough, Kane, Rodgers, Barr, McGrory, Parkhouse, Millar subs McDowell (not used), Chapman (not used), Waide (replaced McElroy 85), Henderson (not used), Bramall (not used), Graham (not used), Smith (not used)

Coleraine: Deane, Kane, Brown, McKendry, Lowry, Carson, Wilson, O’Donnell, Glackin, Traynor, Shevlin subs Gallagher (replaced Deane 56), Mullan (not used), Jarvis (not used), McLaughlin (replaced Shevlin 56), Bradley (replaced Wilson 46), Kelly (not used), Friel (replaced McKendry 90+2)

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   2 - 1 Coleraine
  •  Yellow Card

    Brendan Barr

    Dungannon Swifts

    90+9'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Conor McKendry

    Coleraine

    90+2'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Cathair Friel

    Institute

    90+2'
  • GOAL

    David Parkhouse

    Ballymena United

    90'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul McElroy

    Ballymena United

    85'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Waide

    Ballymena United

    85'
  •  Yellow Card

    Douglas Wilson

    Ballymena United

    84'
  •  Yellow Card

    Conor McKendry

    Coleraine

    68'
  • GOAL

    James McLaughlin

    Coleraine

    60'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Gareth Deane

    Coleraine

    56'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Matthew Shevlin

    Coleraine

    56'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Martin Gallagher

    Coleraine

    56'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    James McLaughlin

    Coleraine

    56'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ronan Wilson

    H&W Welders

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Eoin Bradley

    Glenavon

    46'
  • GOAL

    Paul McElroy

    Ballymena United

    4'

Ballymena United

  • Sam Johnston
  • Ross Redman
  • Douglas Wilson 84'
  • Paul McElroy red substitution 85' 4'
  • Steven McCullough
  • Kenneth Kane
  • Christopher Rodgers
  • Brendan Barr 90+9'
  • Andrew McGrory
  • David Parkhouse 90'
  • Leroy Millar

Substitutes

  • Billy McDowell
  • Lee Chapman
  • Ryan Waide green substitution 85'
  • Jack Henderson
  • Daniel Bramall
  • Sean Graham
  • Jonte Smith

Coleraine

  • Gareth Deane red substitution 56'
  • Lyndon Kane
  • Rodney Brown
  • Conor McKendry 68' red substitution 90+2'
  • Stephen Lowry
  • Josh Carson
  • Ronan Wilson red substitution 46'
  • Stephen O'Donnell
  • Jamie Glackin
  • Aaron Traynor
  • Matthew Shevlin red substitution 56'

Substitutes

  • Martin Gallagher green substitution 56'
  • Adam Mullan
  • Aaron Jarvis
  • James McLaughlin green substitution 56' 60'
  • Eoin Bradley green substitution 46'
  • Patrick Kelly
  • Cathair Friel green substitution 90+2'
© Stephen Hamilton/INPHO

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