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Ballymena United 2 Donegal Celtic 2

Amid the hullabaloo of Glenn Ferguson’s arrival as Ballymena United manager on Saturday, the continuing transformation of Donegal Celtic from plucky minnows to a team more than holding its own in the Carling Premiership almost passed everyone by.

Not Paddy Kelly, though, whose side reached their points target for the first half of the season thanks to a share of the spoils and if they’d converted the chances they made it would have been all three.

The two best players on the pitch — Jonny Harkness and Stephen McAlorum — combined to allow the latter to head the visitors into an 18th minute lead only for Hoops’ old boy Davy Munster to equalise.

Aaron Stewart’s memorable run and finish a quarter of an hour into the second period looked to have turned the game but a header from Paul McVeigh levelled matters and made sure DC reached the 30-point mark.

There will be no resting on laurels though, as Kelly pointed out.

He explained: “Our target was 30 points by Christmas, so it’s worked out okay for us and now we’ve given them another target of 25 to 30 points to the end of the season.”

For opposite number Joe McCall, it is a return to his Youth Development role after his three-match tenure as boss following Roy Walker’s exit.

“I’ve enjoyed the three games I was in charge and it’s a little ambition of mine ticked off and I’m looking forward now to go back to the job I was doing,” he said.

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