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HW Welders' Matty Burrows was on target against Ballymena at Tillysburn Park

HW Welders' Matty Burrows was on target against Ballymena at Tillysburn Park

 

Ballymena United staged a dramatic late escape to earn a replay in an Irish Cup thriller at Tillysburn with a 2-2 draw against Harland and Wolff Welders.

The Championship side had gone in front after just five minutes when defender Philip Simpson had fired home after a corner hadn’t been cleared.

Simpson was once again on the scoresheet after the interval - this time at the wrong end - as he turned Jim Ervin’s cross into his own net while under pressure.

The Welders looked to have won it when Matty Burrows put them ahead on 78 minutes with a close-range finish.

But Ballymena sub Darren Boyce, making his debut, spared the Sky Blues’ blushes when he glanced home an equaliser with four minutes left.

H&W Welders: Windrum, Beattie, Harris, Deans, McMurray, Simpson, Dickson, Magennis, Burrows, Cahoon, Davidson. Subs: Middleton, Armstrong, Devine, Barr, Dougherty.

Ballymena United: Shanahan, Kane, Munster, Taylor, Stewart, Taggart (sub Ervin 42), Surgenor (sub Boyce 46), Thompson (sub McLellan 82), Teggart, Jenkins, Cushley. Subs: Davidson,Boyce, Ervin, McLellan, Lowry.

Referee: Ross Dunlop (Carrickfergus).

 

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