Nine-man Bannsiders extend derby dominance in draw
Ballymena United 0-0 Coleraine
Coleraine made it four wins out of four this season against derby rivals Ballymena United, and did so with just nine men at Warden Street.
Goals in the second period from Darren McCauley and James McLaughlin did the damage as the Bannsiders made light of losing Sammy Morrow and Mark Edgar, both red carded by referee Keith Kennedy.
After a dour midfield tussle in the opening quarter of an hour, on-loan winger Jonny Frazer gave United fans the first glimpse of his lightning pace when he took off down the right and squared for Allan Jenkins, whose first time shot was tipped over by Chris Johns.
Frazer's trickery gave the home side another chance in the 34th minute. This time Johns was only able to spoon his cross into the danger area but as Leroy Millar looked set to stab home he was denied by a last-gasp tackle from Lyndon Kane.
The Bannsiders offered little threat in that opening period but almost scored within three minutes of the restart when, after a goalmouth scramble, McLaughlin fired a shot that Paddy McNally scooped over his own bar.
He wasn't so fortunate in the 51st minute as Eoin Kane's decision to try and block Ian Parkhill's long-range effort that was going well wide proved disastrous, the ball falling to McCauley and his shot deflected off McNally and past Alan Blayney.
The visitors were now on top and McCauley almost doubled his tally when he whistled a shot wide of the mark in the 55th minute and five minutes later Lyndon Kane did likewise.
And they were rewarded in the 64th minute when Parkhill's cross looked to be Blayney's but as he waited on the ball, McLaughlin dived in and poked the ball home.
The action was fast and furious now, a tad too much of the latter though two minutes later when Coleraine were reduced to 10 men when striker Morrow was shown a red card for a late lunging tackle on Eoin Kane.
And 10 became nine two minutes later when Edgar, harshly booked in the first-half, was shown a second yellow for bundling over Frazer.
United threw Darren Henderson and Matthew Tipton on but the resolute visiting defence held firm.
Ballymena United: Blayney, E Kane (Henderson 70), McBride, Ervin, McNally, T Kane, Frazer, Taggart (Thompson 60), Cushley (Tipton 80), Jenkins, Millar. Subs not used: Ferguson, Smith.
Coleraine: Johns, L Kane, Edgar, Higgins, Beverland, Ogilby, Parkhill (Mullan 72), Harkin, Morrow, McLaughlin (Lyons 80), McCauley (McGonigle 89). Subs not used: McCafferty, Watt.
Referee: Keith Kennedy (Lisburn)
Man of the match: Howard Beverland (Coleraine).
Ballymena United: Blayney, T Kane, McNally, McVey, McBride, Hanley, E Kane, Faulkner, Jenkins, Cushley, Tipton. Subs: Thompson (E Kane 45), Shevlin (McNally 37), Ruddy, Ferguson (Hanley 77) Henderson.
Glenavon: Tuffey, Neill, Kelly, Dillon, Kilmartin, Marshall, Cooper, Bradley, Hall, Braniff, Elebert. Subs: Lindsay (Elebert 68), Patton (Cooper 75), McGrory, O'Brien, Hamilton (Kelly 75).
Man of match: Eoin Bradley
Referee: Tim Marshall