LATE GOALS ENOUGH FOR SKY BLUES
Ballymena United defeated Carrick Rangers at the Loughview Leisure Arena by two goals scored in the latter part of the second half.
A slow burner, the game was scoreless at the break although United came closest to breaking the deadlock when Ross Redman tested keeper Ross Glendinning with a free-kick while David McDaid almost squeezed an effort over the line.
The visitors came even closer early in the second half but McDaid's effort was touched onto an upright by Glendinning.
David Jeffrey's side eventually found a way through on 73 minutes when Redman's inswinging corner was nodded home by Douglas Wilson at the near post.
Then, with three minutes remaining, Sean Graham - only on the pitch a matter of seconds - made sure with a close range finish into the top corner after receiving a McDaid pass.
Carrick Rangers: Ross Glendinning, Forsythe, Stewart, Ervin, Cushley, Mitchell, McGuckin, Gawne, Reece Glendinning, Tilney, Anderson subs Hogg (not used), Surgenor (not used), Gordon (not used), Kalla (not used), Buchanan-Rolleston (not used), McKiernan (replaced Gawne 86), Gillen (not used)
Ballymena United: O’Neill, Nelson, Redman, Wilson, Whiteside, McDaid, Kelly, Tweed, Gibson, Keeley, Place subs Williamson (not used), McElroy (not used), Waide (not used), McCullough (replaced Tweed 31), Kane (not used), Henderson (not used), Graham (replaced Nelson 86)