REDMAN HANDS SKY BLUES THE DERBY BRAGGING RIGHTS
There was an abundance of breathless drama on Warden Street as Ballymena United edged to a derby win over Coleraine.
Mikey Place fired United in front after a quarter-of-an-hour, a lead they held until midway through the second half when Matthew Shevlin levelled for the Bannsiders.
Oran Kearney’s side were reduced to nine men when both Conor McDermott and Adam Mullan were sent off for separate incidents a few minutes apart late in the game.
There was more to come, however, when Ross Redman curled home the stoppage time free-kick resulting from Mullan’s dismissal … but there was still time for Coleraine to stage a frantic attempt to salvage an equaliser with only some desperate defending kept them at bay!
Ballymena United: O’Neill, Redman, Whiteside, McDaid, Kelly, Waide, Kane, Gibson, Keeley, Graham, Place subs Loughran (not used), Henderson (replaced Kelly 72), Tweed (not used), Parkhouse (replaced Gibson 72), Clarke (not used)
Coleraine: Gallagher, Kane, Mullan, McKendry, Carson, O’Donnell, Lynch, Glackin, E. McLaughlin, McDermott, Shevlin subs Deane (not used), A. Jarvis (replaced Shevlin 90+2), J. McLaughlin (replaced E. McLaughlin 63), Farren (not used), O’Mahony (not used), Dealey (not used), Patton (not used)