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Crusaders 0 Ballymena United 0

By Graham Luney

Published 21/08/2012

Paul Leeman admitted he was a ‘lucky boy’ after escaping an early bath at Seaview on Saturday.

Crusaders and Ballymena United played out a scoreless draw but it could have been a different story if referee Andrew Davey had shown the centre-back a red card instead of a yellow for hauling down Jamie Davidson three minutes before the interval.

The referee came to the conclusion that David Magowan was sprinting across as a covering defender, however United felt Leeman denied the youngster a clear goalscoring opportunity.

The former Glentoran favourite admitted he did fear the worst after the challenge.

“I caused my own problem there if I’m being honest,” said Leeman. “I could have got more on the header back and the two us just collided together.

“I thought the young striker went down very easily but we have seen those decisions given. I thought the referee got the call right but I know it could easily have been given against me.

“At that stage of the game I could have been sent off but over the course of the season some decisions will fall for you and others against you.”

Leeman added: “I though both sides created a number of chances but we did most the pressing in the second half and could have nicked it.

“But overall we are happy with a point as Ballymena United are a very good side under this management team and they beat Linfield last week.

“Although we are a little frustrated not to win the game it’s not a bad point for us.”

Crues keeper Sean O’Neill pulled off saves to foil David Cushley, Gary Thompson and James McCabe while David Rainey and David McMaster could also have snatched a winner.

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