Match Centre

Premiership
Tuesday 26 December 2023 (kick off: 3.00 PM)

Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds

Attendance: 2850

Referee: Ian McNabb

Ballymena United home-team
3 FT 1
away-team Coleraine
  •   Jonathan McMurray 47'
  •   Noah Stewart 73' 90+5'
  •   Dean Jarvis 33'
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Noah Stewart celebrates firing the Sky Blues in front ©Pacemaker Press

SKY BLUES REDISCOVER WINNING TOUCH

Ballymena United picked up their first Sports Direct Premiership win since October with a home victory over rivals Coleraine at The Showgrounds.

Jim Ervin's side could have opened the scoring with 11 minutes on the clock when Steven McCullough struck the crossbar from the edge of the area from a left-foot curling free-kick awarded for a foul on Mikey Place.

At the other end Andy Mitchell failed to find the net from close range with the goal at his mercy but, on 33 minutes, the visitors did move in front when Conor McKendry sent over a corner which Dean Jarvis met with his head to nod past Sean O'Neill.

Ballymena levelled two minutes into the second half. McCullough played his part again with a free-kick into the area to which Johnny McMurray connected with to head past Gareth Deane from close range.

That was how it stayed until the 73rd minute when substitute Noah Stewart edged the Sky Blues in front with a fine finish beyond the Coleraine keeper.

And it got worse for Oran Kearney's side with a couple of minutes remaining following McKendry's dismissal for a challenge on McCullough before, deep into stoppage time, Stewart made sure of the points for United with the last kick of the game.

Ballymena United: O'Neill, Nelson, Whiteside, McCullough, Taylor, McGrory, McMurray, Boyle, Place, McAuley, Westendorf subs Johnston, Waide, O'Boyle, Murray, Crawford, Taylor, Stewart

Coleraine: Deane, Kane, D. Jarvis, A. Jarvis, McKendry, Farren, Glackin, Cole, O'Mahony, Mitchell, Scott subs Gallagher, Lowry, McCrudden, McLaughlin, Devine, Gaston, O'Hara

  • FULL TIME
    Ballymena United   3 - 1 Coleraine
  • GOAL

    Noah Stewart

    Ballymena United

    90+5'
  •  Red Card

    Conor McKendry

    Larne

    88'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jack O'Mahony

    Ballymena United

    86'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Michael McCrudden

    Limavady United

    86'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonathan McMurray

    Ballymena United

    81'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    David Taylor

    Ballymena United

    81'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Darren Cole

    Departed Players

    81'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew Mitchell

    Dungannon Swifts

    81'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Lee McLaughlin

    Moyola Park

    81'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ciaran O'Hara

    Coleraine

    81'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jonathan McMurray

    Ballymena United

    78'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jamie Glackin

    Coleraine

    76'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Stephen Lowry

    Limavady United

    76'
  • GOAL

    Noah Stewart

    Ballymena United

    73'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Andrew McGrory

    Ballymena United

    71'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ryan Waide

    Loughgall

    71'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jamie Glackin

    Coleraine

    70'
  • GOAL

    Jonathan McMurray

    Ballymena United

    47'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Isaac Westendorf

    Departed Players

    46'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Noah Stewart

    Ballymena United

    46'
  •  Yellow Card

    Scot Whiteside

    Linfield

    45'
  •  Yellow Card

    Lyndon Kane

    Coleraine

    45'
  • GOAL

    Dean Jarvis

    Coleraine

    33'
  •  Yellow Card

    Shea McAuley

    Ballymena United

    25'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jack O'Mahony

    Ballymena United

    10'

Ballymena United

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Kym Nelson
  • Scot Whiteside 45'
  • Steven McCullough
  • Fraser Taylor
  • Andrew McGrory red substitution 71'
  • Jonathan McMurray 78' red substitution 81' 47'
  • Dylan Boyle
  • Mikey Place
  • Shea McAuley 25'
  • Isaac Westendorf red substitution 46'

Substitutes

  • Sam Johnston
  • Ryan Waide green substitution 71'
  • Fiontan O'Boyle
  • TJ Murray
  • Caleb Crawford
  • David Taylor green substitution 81'
  • Noah Stewart green substitution 46' 73' 90+5'

Coleraine

  • Gareth Deane
  • Lyndon Kane 45'
  • Dean Jarvis 33'
  • Aaron Jarvis
  • Conor McKendry 88'
  • Kieran Farren
  • Jamie Glackin 70' red substitution 76'
  • Darren Cole red substitution 81'
  • Jack O'Mahony 10' red substitution 86'
  • Andrew Mitchell red substitution 81'
  • Andy Scott

Substitutes

  • Martin Gallagher
  • Stephen Lowry green substitution 76'
  • Michael McCrudden green substitution 86'
  • Lee McLaughlin green substitution 81'
  • Senan Devine
  • Alfie Gaston
  • Ciaran O'Hara green substitution 81'
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