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Danske Bank Premiership round-up: Ballymena snatch late draw against Coleraine

Ballymena's Johny McMurray celebrates his late equaliser against Coleraine with team-mate Ryan Mayse Picture by Pacemaker
Padraig O Meiscill

Danske Bank Premiership roundup

Ballymena United 3 Coleraine 3

BALLYMENA extended their unbeaten run to 18 games with a late Johnny McMurray equaliser at the Showgrounds yesterday.

Stephen Lowry opened the scoring for Coleraine, rifling home a right foot shot from the edge of the penalty area in the 10th minute. Cathal Friel equalised for the home side from the penalty spot five minutes later after Adam Mullan had fouled Adam Lecky.

James McLaughlin put Coleraine back in front in the 28th minute with a neat half-volley into the bottom corner, and it was 3-1 in the 65th minute when Ian Parkhill finished beautifully for the visitors.

Andrew Burns struck back almost instantly for Ballymena and then McMurray was the hero in the 90th minute to keep United two points clear at the top of the table.

Linfield 4 Glentoran 0

THE Blues cut the gap to Ballymena with a thumping win over old rivals Glentoran at Windsor Park.

Joel Cooper opened the scoring for Linfield from six yards after Kirk Millar had delivered a free-kick into the box.

It stayed 1-0 until the middle of the second-half, when Cooper turned provider and crossed for Jordan Stewart to slide in. Three minutes later, it was three when Cooper finished at the back post from a Niall Quinn corner.

Andy Waterworth put the gloss on the result after being set up by Andy Mitchell.

Dungannon Swifts 1 Glenavon 1

STEPHEN Donnelly scored an injury-time equaliser as Glenavon rescued a point against 10-man Dungannon at Stangmore Park.

Paul McElroy put the hosts ahead after Seanan Clucas was sent-off following two bookable offences.

The Lurgan Blues remain in third, while the Swifts stay out of the bottom two.

Institute 1 Ards 0

MICHAEL McCrudden's 15th goal of the season was enough to secure victory for Institute over bottom of the table Ards.

The 'Stute skipper converted a first-half penalty to make it a fourth consecutive defeat for Colin Nixon's Ards, who are now four points adrift at the bottom of the table.

Warrenpoint Town 2 Newry City 2

WARRENPOINT twice come from behind to snatch a draw against Newry at Milltown, with both sides reduced to 10-men.

Mark McCabe opened the scoring before Danny Wallace fired the hosts level. Dale Montgomery put Newry back in front from the spot after Anto Reilly was dismissed for a second yellow card, with Darren King then sent off before Deane Watters' last-gasp equaliser.

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