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Glenavon and Ballymena share points in scoreless draw

Glenavon Mark Patton  and Ballymena United Shane Dolan

Glenavon Mark Patton and Ballymena United Shane Dolan

  • by David Skelton at Mourneview
 

GLENVAON 0 BALLYMENA UNITED 0

It finished scoreless between the two sides battling for a place in the Premiership’s top six in Lurgan.

The blustery conditions at Mourneview Park made life difficult for both teams in the first half, which meant it took almost half an hour for the first shot on target. It came by accident too as the wind turned Gareth McKeown’s cross into a shot which was tipped over by Dwayne Nelson.

Glenavon appealed for a penalty on 39 minutes when a Ballymena defender clattered into Ciaran Martyn. Referee Tim Marshall allowed play to continue and the hosts almost took advantage but

Andy McGrory’s attempted chip went over the top.

Ballymena had a chance of their own towards the end of the first period but Gary Thompson’s chance failed to warm the hands of Andy Coleman.

Glenavon were reduced to 10 men when Kyle Neill was sent off for a second bookable offence, before a 35 yard free kick from McKeown was tipped over the bar by the goalkeeper.

They then had a goal ruled out for offside as Martyn and player-manager Gary Hamilton strayed into an offside position.

GLENAVON: Coleman, Neill, Lindsay, Kilmartin, Hamilton, Patton, McGrory, Marshall, McKeown, McCabe, Martyn. SUBS: Rainey (Patton 66), McDaid, McIlveen, Dane, Gardiner.

BOOKINGS: McGrory 45, Lindsay 50, Neill 62

SENT OFF: Neill 68

BALLYMENA UNITED: Nelson, McCullagh, Munster, Taylor, Stewart, Kane, Surgenor, Thompson, Cushley, Jenkins, Dolan. SUBS: Taggart, Liggett (Cushley 88), Teggart (Dolan 64), Lowry (Munster 82), McLelland.

BOOKINGS: Thompson

 

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