Ballymena United 0
Coleraine 4
Irish Cup (Quarter final)

Ballymena United
0 - 4

Irish Cup (Quarter final)
Saturday, March 4th, 2017
Ballymena Showgrounds
3:00 PM Kick-off

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

Team Managers
David Jeffrey
Oran Kearney

Starting Eleven
1. Ross Glendinning
21. Jim Ervin
2. Tony Kane
4. Kyle Owens
34. Caolan Loughran
12. William Faulkner
11. Conor McCloskey
10. Allan Jenkins
23. Leroy Millar
14. Cathair Friel
27. Jonathan McMurray
Christopher Johns .1
Lyndon Kane .2
Ciaron Harkin .4
Darren McCauley .7
David Kee .12
Gareth McConaghie.13
Brad Lyons .14
David Ogilby .16
Mark Edgar .17
Jamie McGonigle .19
Eoin Bradley .22

28. Tim Allen
29. Francis McCaffrey
7. Gary Thompson
24. Kevin Braniff
26. Joseph McKinney
Neil McCafferty .8
James McLaughlin .9
Ian Parkhill .16
Michael Doherty .20
Jordan Allan .23

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)

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

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Tim Marshall (Referee)
Richard Storey & Paul Robinson (Assistants)
Ross Dunlop (Fourth Official)

Match Report

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 Eoin 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 Eoin 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 Jamie 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 Philip McPeake (

Squad Statistics (as at March 4th, 2017)

2016-2017 All Time
Ross Glendinning (GK)23 25 - 25 -
Jim Ervin31 39 - 1172
Kyle Owens24 375375
Tony Kane29 371822630
Caolan Loughran22 262282
Conor McCloskey25 234234
Allan Jenkins35 38624349
William Faulkner27 3546810
Leroy Millar21 311492
Jonathan McMurray22 32123212
Cathair Friel23 38193819
Gary Thompson (sub)26 18 - 16818
Kevin Braniff (sub)34 4242
Joseph McKinney (sub)23 6 - 6 -

League Table (as at March 4th, 2017)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Crusaders 30 22 6 2 40 72
2. Linfield 30 19 8 3 44 65
3. Cliftonville 30 16 6 8 16 54
4. Coleraine 29 14 8 7 13 50
5. BALLYMENA UTD 29 15 3 11 1 48
6. Glenavon 30 10 12 8 3 42
7. Dungannon Swifts 30 9 9 12 2 36
8. Glentoran 30 8 9 13 -9 33
9. Ards 30 8 6 16 -13 30
10. Ballinamallard Utd 30 8 5 17 -23 29
11. Carrick Rangers 30 4 6 20 -36 18
12. Portadown 30 5 4 21 -38 7

* - Table split into two divisions of six.