Coleraine 2
Ballymena United 0
League (NIFL Premiership)


Coleraine 

2 - 0

Ballymena United


League (NIFL Premiership)
Thursday, December 26th, 2019
Coleraine Showgrounds
Attendance: 2,952
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Joshua Carson (10)
Jamie Glackin (17)
None.

Team Managers
Oran Kearney David Jeffrey

Starting Eleven
1. Chris Johns
2. Lyndon Kane
4. Aaron Canning
7. Ben Doherty
8. Stephen Lowry
9. James McLaughlin
10. Eoin Bradley
11. Joshua Carson
13. Gareth McConaghie
17. Jamie Glackin
18. Aaron Traynor
Jordan Williamson .31
Tony Kane .2
Jonathan Addis .4
Andrew Burns .14
Jim Ervin .21
Steven McCullough .11
Andrew McGrory .17
Joshua Kelly .26
Leroy Millar .23
James Knowles .10
Adam Lecky .22

Bench
29. Martin Gallagher
5. Steven Douglas
15. Stephen O'Donnell
16. Ian Parkhill
21. Alex Gawne
23. Emmett McGuckin
24. Nedas Maciulatis
Reece Glendinning .24
Scot Whiteside .5
Ross Lavery .28
Ryan Mayse .6
Declan Carville .16
Shane McGinty .7
Kenny Kane .12

Substitutions
Alex Gawne for James McLaughlin (79)
Emmett McGuckin for Eoin Bradley (89)
Declan Carville for James Knowles (66)
Kenny Kane for Leroy Millar (72)

Cautions
Jamie Glackin (49)
Aaron Traynor (51)
Eoin Bradley (54)
Adam Lecky (35)
Joshua Kelly (47)
Andrew Burns (54)

Red Cards
None. Jordan Williamson (64)

Match Officials

Jamie Robinson (Referee)
Andrew Nethery & Gavin Hegarty (Assistants)
Evan Boyce (Fourth Official)



Match Report


Two early goals ultimately handed Coleraine victory over Ballymena United in the Boxing Day derby at The Showgrounds.

Despite the visitors enjoying the better start it was the Bannsiders who moved in front after nine minutes through Josh Carson with a rifled low left-foot shot past United keeper Jordan Williamson into the bottom corner.

Then, on 17 minutes, Jamie Glackin made it 2-0 with his third goal of the season when he tucked away the rebound after Eoin Bradley's initial effort had been well saved by Williamson.

Ballymena went close to pulling a goal back midway through the first half through Josh Kelly but his close range flicked effort was well kept out by Chris Johns.

Both sides might have found the net before the break. Stephen Lowry was just inches away from extending Coleraine's lead with an effort from distance while, moments later, Johns was forced into a fine save to keep out Tony Kane's free-kick.

Glackin found himself through on goal early in the second half as Coleraine looked to find their third with team-mate Ben Doherty then testing Williamson from 25 yards with a right-foot drive.

The visitors were dealt a blow just after the hour when Williamson was shown a straight red card for handling inside the box as Bradley was racing through on goal. Williamson was replaced between the posts by Declan Carville who produced a couple of saves to keep the hosts at bay for the remainder of the game.

But, in the end, Coleraine were relatively untroubled in claiming only their second win in seven outings while Ballymena fell to their first defeat in four.

Match report written by NI Football League



Squad Statistics (as at December 26th, 2019)


2019-2020 All Time
Age
Jordan Williamson (GK)24 11 - 12 -
Steven McCullough25 31 - 1145
Andrew Burns27 19 - 542
Jim Ervin34 30 - 2473
Tony Kane32 14133047
Jonathan Addis27 262685
Joshua Kelly20 181181
Andrew McGrory28 2786318
James Knowles26 61356
Leroy Millar24 23415422
Adam Lecky28 1445721
Declan Carville (sub)30 221221
Kenny Kane (sub)20 152152



League Table (as at December 26th, 2019)


Pld W D L Pts
1. Cliftonville 21 14 2 5 44
2. Linfield 20 14 1 5 43
3. Coleraine 22 12 7 3 43
4. Glentoran 21 12 5 4 41
5. Crusaders 22 11 7 4 40
6. Larne 21 8 8 5 32
7. BALLYMENA UTD 22 7 5 10 26
8. Glenavon 21 8 2 11 26
9. Carrick 21 7 1 13 22
10. Dungannon 21 5 3 13 18
11. Institute 22 2 7 13 13
12. Warrenpoint Town 22 4 0 18 12