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