Coleraine held at home by Ballinamallard

Ballinamallard's Liam Martin
Ballinamallard's Liam Martin


Coleraine had to make do with a point in a hard fought encounter against 10-man Ballinamallard.

With both teams were struggling to deal with the strong wind chances were at a premium in the opening exchanges. Liam Martin went close with a good shot for the visitors on five minutes, while Eoin Bradley responded with an effort from similar range at the other end soon after.

Coleraine felt they should have had a penalty on 13 minutes as Keohane upended Davy McDaid in the box but nothing was given.

It was the visitors who edged in front on 39 minutes as Martin released Ryan Campbell who coolly finished past Eugene Ferry.

Coleraine were level within six minutes though as Craig Hill was sent off after picking up a second yellow for deliberate hand ball. And from the resulting free kick Howard Beverland deflected in Ruariri Harkin’s follow up effort to level the score.

The Bannsiders dominated proceedings after the break. They should have edged in front on 64 minutes when Harkin picked out Gary Browne, but he headed wide.

David McDaid was next to go close but Rouse did well to push his shot away.

Coleraine threw everything at their opponents in the closing stages but they couldn’t find the all important second goal.

Coleraine: Ferry, Beverland, McIlmoyle, Douglas, Ogilby, Watt (Owens 61), Harkin, Lowry, McDaid, Bradley, E Bradley.

Subs: Shannon, Jennings, Mullan, Grissam.

Goal: Beverland (45)

Ballinamallard United: Rouse, Keohane, Stafford, Kee, Hutchinson (Crawford 69), Currie, N Beacom, Campbell (Cashel 84), Courtney (McMenamin 46), Martin, Hill.

Subs: Leckey, C Beacom.

Goal: Campbell (39)

Booked: Hill, Kee.

Red Card (Hill)

Referee: Ian McNabb