Matchday Guide

Matchday Guide: Ballymena United

COLERAINE go in search of the derby day bragging rights as they are the visitors to Ballymena United this afternoon (KO 3pm)…

Danske Bank Premiership


The Bannsiders remained in fifth spot in the Premiership standings after last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Linfield at The Showgrounds. In truth, the game failed to muster any meaningful chances as Conor McDermott and Stephen Fallon had the best opportunities for either side. The Stripes had a sell-out capacity for the fixture but both teams had to settle for a share of the spoils. Oran Kearney’s men still have a busy month as they also face Moyola Park (North-West Cup), Cliftonville (Danske Bank Premiership) and Portadown (Danske Bank Premiership).

Ballymena United come into the fixture on the back of winning their first home game of the season as a double from Davy McDaid helped the Sky Blues record a 2-0 success against Portadown. The Braidmen are currently ninth in the Premiership after eight games and they were edged out by Larne in the quarter-final of the County Antrim Shield.

Previous meetings:

The two clubs met a mere eleven days ago in the second round of the BetMcLean Cup. A first-half would lack any real chances of note, however, Lyndon Kane and Kenny Kane both saw opportunities come and go at either end. The second-half would see Conor Keeley being expertly denied by Martin Gallagher, whilst his opposite number Sean O’Neill saved from Conor McKendry and Conor McDermott. However, Coleraine would be given the perfect opportunity to take the lead from the spot after Matthew Shevlin was brought down inside the area which resulted in Michael Place being sent-off. The resulting penalty kick was taken by Shevlin but he was thwarted by Sean O’Neill. With extra-time looming, Coleraine finally hit the front as Jamie Glackin’s cross was turned in at the back post by McKendry.

Manager’s Thoughts:

“We obviously played them a couple of weeks ago and it was a tough game,” Kearney said.

“I’m expecting nothing different this time around.

“We have recharged the batteries after the Linfield game and we will give it a rattle.”


The match referee will be Jamie Robinson.

The assistant referees are Andrew Nethery and George Argyropoulos.

Evan Boyce has been selected as the fourth official.


Coleraine supporters can buy tickets for the fixture which can be purchased HERE.

Please be aware that a cash gate will be in operation ONLY for children under the age of 11 (£2).

If you are not feeling yourself this afternoon and you have symptoms which you feel are similar to COVID-19, please stay away from the stadium and think of others.

As ever, those unable to watch the fixture can follow the latest developments via the club’s official Twitter account (@ColeraineFC).