Ballymena United 0
Coleraine 1
League (NIFL Premiership)

Ballymena United
0 - 1

League (NIFL Premiership)
Tuesday, February 16th, 2021
Ballymena Showgrounds
7:45 PM Kick-off

None. Lyndon Kane (62)

Team Managers
David Jeffrey
Oran Kearney

Starting Eleven
18. Jordan Williamson
21. Jim Ervin
20. Trai Hume
2. Tony Kane
22. Conor Keeley
3. Ross Redman
26. Joshua Kelly
17. Andrew McGrory
28. Ben Wylie
15. Shay McCartan
14. Paul McElroy
Gareth Deane .1
Lyndon Kane .2
Aaron Canning .4
Stephen Lowry .8
James McLaughlin .9
Joshua Carson .11
Gareth McConaghie .13
Evan Tweed .14
Jamie Glackin .17
Aaron Traynor .18
Curtis Allen .19

1. Ross Glendinning
24. Kavan Keenan
29. Spencer Beattie
27. Sean Graham
10. James Knowles
32. Joe McCready
16. Ryan Waide
Martin Gallagher .20
Steven Douglas .5
Aaron Jarvis .6
Ronan Wilson .12
Stewart Nixon .21
Howard Beverland .22
Caiolan Brennan .23

Ryan Waide for Andrew McGrory (63)
Joe McCready for Joshua Kelly (75)
James Knowles for Tony Kane (82)
Stewart Nixon for Curtis Allen (57)
Ronan Wilson for James McLaughlin (77)

Jim Ervin (62)
Shay McCartan (67)
Jamie Glackin (29)
Stephen Lowry (62)
Stewart Nixon (90)

Red Cards
Jordan Williamson (90)
Match Officials

Tony Clarke (Referee)
Kristian Hanna & Neil Gillespie (Assistants)
Diarmuid Harrigan (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Ballymena United suffered a third straight league defeat with a 1-0 loss to Coleraine on derby evening at the Showgrounds.

Captain Jim Ervin came back into the starting XI for United's first game in 10 days, with Ben Wylie and Andy McGrory also coming into the side.

United started the A26 derby well and inside 4 minutes had half a penalty appeal waved away when Paul McElroy went down at the byline inside the box. On 9 minutes Coleraine had the ball in the net through Curtis Allen, but there appeared to be two offside's in the build up, before the goal was finally ruled out for Allen handling the ball.

Ballymena continued to look the more likely, without overly threatening. Shay McCartan passed up a decent chance to shoot inside the box, instead opting to try and pick out Paul McElroy, but the cross was blocked. Coleraine's best looks at chances came from the early ball through the middle and it almost worked when James McLaughlin hit the post, but the flag had gone up again for offside, before Jamie Glackin was booked for diving in the Ballymena box.

With over half an hour gone neither goalkeeper had anything to do, and it was Lyndon Kane making the saves for Coleraine as headed a Conor Keeley header off the line, before Keeley's effort on the rebound went over the crossbar. Towards the end of the half Coleraine had a couple of half chances as first Aaron Traynor was given time to shoot from outside the box, firing well wide, before Allen headed over at the near post.

At the other end, McCartan let fly from 30 yards after cutting in from the left, and after striking it well, Deane made a good save, as an even half with some decent play, but little chances, ended goalless.

The Bannsiders started the second half well and had another goal disallowed when Allen scored, but only after Jordan Williamson had been fouled. Shortly after a good Glackin run ended with a ball that narrowly escaped the boot of Allen.

On 57 minutes McLaughlin fired an awkward first time attempt well wide, but four minutes later the visitors broke the deadlock through Kane. Stewart Nixon's ball in from the right was cleared by United to the edge of the box, but there waiting was Lyndon Kane who hit an unstoppable shot past Williamson who was motionless. A bit of afters was had between both sets of players as the hosts felt Tony Kane had been fouled before the goal, with Ervin seeing yellow.

The Braidmen had half an hour to hit back, but produced very little to come close to leveling, with the chances drying up for the away side as well. United turned to Ryan Waide, Joe McCready and James Knowles as the half progressed, but the Sky Blues' only shot on goal in the final half hour came from McCready, and that was five minutes from the end. The effort itself came from 20 yards, but was easy pickings for Deane.

With Ballymena struggling to create anything and Coleraine happy with their advantage, the game petered out into added time, when Williamson saw red for the hosts. The goalkeeper was sent off for a late challenge on Nixon after play had already been stopped and, with all of United's subs made, McCready took over in goals for the final two minutes.

The striker had nothing to do as play was ended shortly afterwards, with United unable to make it three straight derby wins in a night to forget at an empty Showgrounds.

Match report written by Philip McPeake (

Squad Statistics (as at February 16th, 2021)

2020-2021 All Time
Jordan Williamson (GK)25 12 - 28 -
Jim Ervin35 3 - 2563
Trai Hume18 151151
Tony Kane33 7 - 34948
Conor Keeley23 4 - 4 -
Ross Redman31 16 - 16 -
Joshua Kelly21 131453
Andrew McGrory29 3 - 7720
Ben Wylie18 2 - 2 -
Shay McCartan26 164164
Paul McElroy26 167167
James Knowles (sub)27 1 - 466
Ryan Waide (sub)21 13 - 13 -
Joe McCready (sub)30 9 - 141

League Table (as at February 16th, 2021)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Linfield 17 12 2 3 38
2. Larne 18 10 6 2 36
3. Crusaders 18 9 3 6 30
4. Coleraine 17 9 3 5 30
5. Cliftonville 19 7 5 7 26
6. Glentoran 16 6 6 4 24
7. BALLYMENA UTD 16 7 2 7 23
8. Glenavon 15 4 6 5 18
9. Warrenpoint Town 17 4 5 8 17
10. Carrick 15 3 3 9 12
11. Portadown 17 2 6 9 12
12. Dungannon 17 3 3 11 12