Causeway Chronicle

Shevlin sees red in scoreless derby at the Warden Street Showgrounds

Matthew Shevlin challenges Ballymena keeper Sean O’Neill leading to a red card.

IN a mundane derby lacking excitement and with Coleraine looking the busier of the two sides in front of goal, the tempo of the game changed dramatically after 32 minutes when Coleraine’s ace marksman Matthew Shevlin was shown red for a high challenge on Ballymena keeper Sean O’Neill.

Coleraine have been reduced to breakaway attacks in which they look dangerous without adding the killer touch while Ballymena, with the man advantage are controlling the tempo of the game.

Still all to play for in the second 45 minutes with Coleraine playing into the sun. Encouraging words from manager Oran Kearney at the break could lift his team to convert one of the many chances they are creating. At the same time, Coleraine must be wary of the home side who are edging closer to breaking the deadlock.

Second half about to start.

Ballymena United 1 Sean O’Neill GK 2 Kym Nelson 5 Scot Whiteside C 11 Steven McCullough 16 Fraser Taylor 17 Andrew McGrory 21 Lewis Tennan 28 Dylan Boyle 30 Michael Place 33 Noah Stewart 37 Isaac Westendorf Substitutions 26 Samuel Johnston GK 4 Donal Rocks 7 Alexander Gawne 10 Ryan Waide 14 John McGuigan 15 Fiontan O’Boyle 20 Thomas (tj) Murray

Coleraine 1 Gareth Deane GK 2 Lyndon Kane C 3 Dean Jarvis 5 Graham Kelly 7 Conor McKendry 9 Matthew Shevlin 11 Joshua Carson 14 Kieran Farren 16 Lee Lynch 17 Jamie Glackin 29 Andrew Scott Substitutions 12 Martin Gallagher GK 6 Aaron Jarvis 10 David McDaid 21 Jack O’Mahony 22 Andrew Mitchell 23 Jake Wallace 28 Lee McLaughlin

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Maurice Bradley