Ballymena United 0 - 4 Coleraine

Irish Cup - Quarter final
Saturday, March 4th, 2017, 3:00 PM at Ballymena Showgrounds
Referee: Tim Marshall
Ballymena United  Coleraine

Goalscorers
None. Jamie McGonigle (12)
Eoin Bradley (45)
Eoin Bradley (54)
Jamie McGonigle (71)

Team Managers
David Jeffrey
Oran Kearney

Starting Eleven
Ross Glendinning
Caolan Loughran
Jim Ervin
Kyle Owens
Tony Kane
Allan Jenkins
Conor McCloskey
Leroy Millar
William Faulkner
Cathair Friel
Jonathan McMurray
Christopher Johns
Lyndon Kane
Mark Edgar
David Ogilby
Gareth McConaghie
Brad Lyons
Ciaron Harkin
David Kee
Darren McCauley
Jamie McGonigle
Eoin Bradley

Substitutes
Tim Allen
Francis McCaffrey
Gary Thompson
Joseph McKinney
Kevin Braniff
James McLaughlin
Ian Parkhill
Jordan Allan
Neil McCafferty
Michael Doherty

Substitutions
Gary Thompson for Kyle Owens (31)
Joseph McKinney for Conor McCloskey (44)
Kevin Braniff for Conor McCloskey (55)
James McLaughlin for Eoin Bradley (80)
Ian Parkhill for Brad Lyons (83)
Jordan Allan for Jamie McGonigle (86)

Bookings
Leroy Millar (44)
Gary Thompson (45)
Jim Ervin (64)
Jonathan McMurray (67)
David Ogilby (72)
Eoin Bradley (74)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Ross Glendinning (GK) 25 apps -
Kyle Owens 37 apps5 goals
Tony Kane 226 apps30 goals
Jim Ervin 117 apps2 goals
Caolan Loughran 28 apps2 goals
Conor McCloskey 23 apps4 goals
Leroy Millar 49 apps2 goals
Allan Jenkins 243 apps49 goals
William Faulkner 68 apps10 goals
Cathair Friel 38 apps19 goals
Jonathan McMurray 32 apps12 goals
Gary Thompson (sub) 168 apps18 goals
Joseph McKinney (sub) 6 apps -
Kevin Braniff (sub) 4 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Leroy Millar (21 years 190 days)
Oldest Player:Allan Jenkins (35 years 157 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 47 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Leroy Millar (21 years 190 days)
Oldest Player:Allan Jenkins (35 years 157 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 96 days
Domestic Players:14 (87.50 % of matchday squad)

BALLYMENA United exited the Irish Cup at the quarter-final stage with a 4-0 defeat at home to Coleraine in a heated derby game.

Coleraine dominated the game from start to finish despite an expected tense start to the game. However on 12 minutes the visitors took the lead through Jamie McGonigle. The forward broke through United's defence and saw his first attempt poorly cleared by Kyle Owens back to McGonigle, who calmly slotted home. It didn't stop both sets of supporters and coaching staff standing for a poignant minutes applause in memory of the lifelong Ballymena twelfth man Trevor Burns who passed away on Thursday.

2 minutes later Owens and his centre back partner Caolan Loughran clashed heads and after both tried to play on, they eventually they were both replaced by Gary Thompson and Joe McKinney respectively. McGonigle then turned provider as he easily beat Allan Jenkins and crossed for Eoin Bradley, but his effort went wide. Coleraine continued with the one way traffic as McGonigle was played in, but Ross Glendinning saved well with his feet.

The home side showed a few promising moves with Johnny McMurray working Chris Johns, but it caused no issues. At the other end David Ogilby sent a free header over the bar. Ballymena then won a free kick from 20 yards out on 36 minutes and Tony Kane stepped up hoping for his trademark finish, but his effort went just over the crossbar.
Coleraine were handed a great opportunity to make it 2-0 when Loughran brought down Bradley in the box, but Glendinning pulled off a fantastic stop to save Darren McCauley's penalty.
However, one minute into added time Coleraine did find a second when Bradley beat the offside trap before firing home past Glendinning.

Then two very questionable decisions from referee Tim Marshall brought yellow cards for Leroy Millar and Thompson, as well as two scuffles between players and coaching staff as tempers flared.
Just five minutes into the second half Coleraine strengthened their hold further as they found a third. A high floating long ball was poorly dealt with Glendinning who dropped it under little pressure and Bradley easily tapped home.

Straight away Ballymena almost hit back when after some pin ball in the box, Kane had a shot blocked and McMurray couldn't get enough on the follow up. Coleraine then continued to press as Ballymena struggled to gain any hold on the game. Brad Lyons went close with a low pacey effort which went wide before Bradley could've completed his hat trick when he had acres of space in the box, but he flashed his shot wide.

Coleraine deepened the misery for the Sky Blues with 20 minutes to go when a poor Ervin clearance landed straight at the feet of McGonigle who rifled home his second and Coleraine's fourth.

The game as a contest calmed down from there but in added time Ballymena almost gave the sell out home crowd something to cheer when Johns did well to save an effort from Thompson before McMurray worked well to get a shot away but he couldn't keep it inside the post, as the final whistle brought an end to a disappointing day for David Jeffrey's men.

Match report written by Phillip McPeake



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