Jamie McGonigle (11)


Kofi Balmer (22)


Conor McCloskey and Ryan Whiteside keep an eye on the ball (Picture: Lorcan Doherty/PressEye.com)


Coleraine limbered up for next week's Irish Cup final with this draw at home to Ballymena United.

Jamie McGonigle opened the scoring for the Bannsiders after 11 minutes when he got on the end of a long punt forward from Chris Johns to hold off the attentions of a defender before slotting past Ross Glendinning.

However, 16-year-old Kofi Balmer levelled for United midway through the first half after a corner wasn't cleared by the home defence.

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Coleraine: Johns, C. Whiteside, Kennedy, Douglas, Ogilby, R. Whiteside, McCafferty, Parkhill, Edgar, McGonigle, Bradley subs McLaughlin (replaced Bradley 46), Doherty (not used), Allan (replaced McGonigle 57), Ferris (not used), McKendry (not used)

Ballymena United: Glendinning, Gage, Jenkins, McCloskey, Friel, Wallace, Ervin, Millar, McMurray, McCaffrey, Balmer subs Faulkner (replaced McCaffrey 68), Braniff (replaced Wallace 74), McKinney (not used), Allen (not used), Kerr (replaced Balmer 66)

Referee: Raymond Crangle

Attendance: 1432

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