Belfast Telegraph

Jeffrey raps ref and Coleraine miss out on night of league drama

 

By Adam McKendry

Glenavon hit the top of the Danske Bank Premiership with a 4-0 victory at home to Ballymena United, which left Sky Blues manager David Jeffrey questioning a match defining decision by the referee.

Second half strikes from Aaron Harmon, Josh Daniels, Stephen Murray and Andy Hall moved the Lurgan Blues ahead of Linfield in the table until this afternoon at least, on goals scored.

The game turned on a contentious red card given by ref Steven Gregg to Ballymena’s defender Andrew Burns on the stroke of half-time after a challenge on Mark Sykes.

Glenavon coach Kris Lindsay said: “The sending off changed the game, but in the second half we were really professional and showed how to play against 10 men and we were clinical. I thought it was a sending off. He was reckless and out of control.”

Ballymena boss Jeffrey, whose side lost their unbeaten record, saw things differently, stating: “From my viewpoint I thought it was a tremendous tackle and the ball was won fairly.

“The referee gave an explanation at half-time but I didn’t really understand it. I felt there were inconsistencies in the game and with 11 men we would not have lost that match.”

Coleraine  missed their chance to go top in a 2-2 home draw with Institute as they battled back from 1-0 down to lead 2-1, but were denied all three points by a late ’Stute penalty converted by Michael McCrudden.

Ards picked up their first win of the new season after they defeated Newry City 4-0 at the Bangor Fuels Arena.

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