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Date: Tuesday, 21st March, 2017; Competition: Danske Bank Premiership; Attendance: 1424;
Ballymena United [0] [1]
Coleraine [1] [1]
Venue: Ballymena Showgrounds; Kick-Off: 19:45;
Referee: Steven Taylor; Assistant 1: Stephen Bell; Assistant 2: Adrian Sobieski; 4th Official: Lee Tavinder;
Goals:
[0-1] BRADLEY, Eoin (pen 27 mins), [1-1] McMURRAY, Johnny (79 mins)

BALLYMENA United and Coleraine shared the points with a 1-1 draw at the Ballymena Showgrounds on Tuesday night.
A minutes silence was observed impeccably prior to kick off for Derry city captain Ryan McBride who sadly died on Sunday aged just 27.
The ground fell silent in memory of Ryan McBride
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Tony Kane went close after just 30 seconds to giving Ballymena the lead. His curling effort from just inside the box had Chris Johns scrambling, but went wide. After that, the game saw a cagey 10 minutes from both sides until Tim Allen was called into action to deny Lyndon Kane. After Ballymena took a couple of attempts to clear a corner, the ball dropped to Kane on the edge of box, but Allen got down well to save.
On 17 minutes Darren McAuley tried his luck from distance and his dipping effort went just over the Ballymena crossbar. With 26 minutes on the clock Coleraine were handed the chance to take the lead when Eoin Bradley benefited from a sleeping United defence before being brought down in the box by 'keeper Allen. Bradley eventually got back up to take the penalty himself and after seeing his first effort saved by Allen, Bradley netted on the rebound.
Eoin Bradley knocks in the rebound after Tim Allen had saved his penalty
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Eoin Bradley celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game
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The Sky Blues looked to hit back quickly. Some quick, neat build up play saw the ball finally make its way to Johnny McMurray but his shot was deflected wide. A long range free kick from Tony Kane with 5 minutes left in the half looked as if it could be making its way in before another Coleraine deflection. Then in the last minute of play, Tony Kane rocketed a half volley from 25 yards which smashed into the crossbar before going over.
The second half, much like the first, was a heated contest both on and off the pitch, including tough tackles and the sending off of a ball boy. Ballymena came out an improved side and instantly set about looking for an equaliser. Kevin Braniff went close shortly after the restart as he got a flick on a Tony Kane cross, sending the ball over the bar. Coleraine's first real opportunity of the half fell to Brad Lyons. His low shot from outside of the box took a bounce in front of Allen, but the Australian was able to gather.
Straight down at the other end, Ballymena should've equalised through Gary Thompson. McMurray did well down the right hand side to beat his man and find the by line before finding Thompson in acres of space in the box. Thompson set himself with a touch and looked certain to score, but somehow his shot was blocked.
The work rate of McMurray was second to none
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Just before the hour mark Jamie McGonigle went close to doubling Coleraine's lead. Lyons supplied McGonigle with the ball, but he could only flash his shot wide. On 79 minutes as tensions rose on the touchline, Ballymena grabbed a deserved equaliser through Johnny McMurray's 12th league goal of the season. A Tony Kane corner from the left was met at the near post by McMurray who powered the ball home past Johns.
Johnny McMurray celebrates after scoring the equaliser
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Ballymena, buoyed on by a boisterous home support, continued to push for a winner in the final 10 minutes and came closest in added time when McMurray opted to go alone with options in the middle, but his shot was easily stopped by Johns as the exciting derby finished honours even to keep both sides in the mix for a third place finish.
David Jeffrey and assistant Bryan McLaughlin look on during the game
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Ballymena United travel to Solitude to face Cliftonville in the Danske Bank Premiership on Saturday, kicking off at 3pm. Supporters planning to attend should click here for important information from the PSNI about this fixture.
Match Report by Phillip McPeake
Ballymena United Team:
Tim Allen, Tony Kane, Kyle Owens, Johnny Flynn, Gary Thompson ( Allan Jenkins 64), Jim Ervin, Leroy Millar ( Conor McCloskey 76), Kevin Braniff, Joe McKinney ( 65), Johnny McMurray, Michael Kerr ( 36).

Subs not used: Ross Glendinning, Willie Faulkner, Fra McCaffrey.