Match Highlights vs Ballymena United

COLERAINE TV highlights from the Bannsiders’ win against Ballymena United are now ready to view on the club’s YouTube channel…

Oran Kearney’s men would secure all three points at the Ballymena Showgrounds as Aaron Traynor lashed home on 41 minutes, before Stephen Lowry notched his fourth goal of the campaign on 47 minutes.

On a sunny afternoon in Ballymena, the first meaningful chance of the game would arrive on 15 minutes as a cross into the box by Traynor was headed wide by Eoin Bradley. Minutes later, a cross this time by Ben Doherty just missed a vital touch by Matthew Shevlin at the back post.

On 25 minutes, the Bannsiders thought they had edged in front as Lowry picked out Shevlin inside the box but the in-form striker was denied by Jordan Williamson. However, the deadlock was broken on 41 minutes as Traynor and Doherty played a neat one-two with the defender seeing his first effort blocked, before lashing home at the second attempt.

The visitors made a blistering start to the second-half as they doubled their lead on 47 minutes. The ball was superbly held up by Bradley and he picked out Lowry inside the box, with the midfielder expertly guiding his effort into the bottom corner.

The Sky Blues made a triple substitution and they came within a whisker of finding the net as Josh Kelly fizzed a strike just wide, before Bradley would hit the upright at the other end with a free-kick. On 68 minutes, the hosts missed a great chance once again as an unmarked Trai Hume headed wide from a corner kick.

In a frantic last twenty minutes, Coleraine almost added a third as Josh Carson’s cross just missed the onrushing Glackin, with Leroy Millar and Shay McCartan going close at the other end. On 79 minutes, the Braidmen did pull a goal back as Redman – who had the woodwork on two previous occasions – flicked a header into the bottom corner.

There would be one final chance for the hosts as McCartan evaded a challenge before hitting straight down the throat of Gallagher, with James McLaughlin lashing wide at the other end.