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Date: Saturday, 4th March, 2017; Competition: Tennent's Irish Cup - Quarter-Final; Attendance: N/A;
Ballymena United [0] [0]
Coleraine [2] [4]
Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds; Kick-Off: 15:00;
Referee: Tim Marshall; Assistant 1: Richard Storey; Assistant 2: Paul Robinson; 4th Official: Ross Dunlop; Additional Assistant 1: Malcolm Moffatt;
[0-1] McGONIGLE, Jamie (12 mins), [0-2] BRADLEY, Eoin (45 mins), [0-3] BRADLEY, Eoin (50 mins), [0-4] McGONIGLE, Jamie (70 mins)

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.
The match officials, captains and mascots line up before the game
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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.
Harkin and McGonigle celebrate the opening goal
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Both sets of supporters and officials stood for a minutes applause in memory of Trevor Burns
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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.
Eoin Bradley celebrates one of his two goals during the game
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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.
David Jeffrey holds his head in his hands after Bradley was handed a goal on a plate after an error by keeper Ross Glendinning
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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.
Kevin Braniff came on to replace Conor McCloskey early in the second half
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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.
Allan Jenkins hard at work even at 4-0 down
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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.
Ballymena United are back in league action next weekend when the host Portadown in the Danske Bank Premiership, kicking off at 3pm.
Match Report by Phillip McPeake
Ballymena United Team:
Ross Glendinning, Tony Kane, Kyle Owens ( Gary Thompson 31 45), Allan Jenkins, Conor McCloskey ( Kevin Braniff 55), Willie Faulkner, Cathair Friel, Jim Ervin ( 64), Leroy Millar ( 45), Johnny McMurray ( 67), Caolan Loughran ( Joe McKinney 44).

Subs not used: Tim Allen, Fra McCaffrey.