Coleraine 2-0 Ballymena Utd

Stephen Lowry celebrates after scoring against Ballymena
Stephen Lowry celebrates after scoring the opener against Ballymena

The Bannsiders eased to victory over 10-man United in the Carling Premiership derby encounter on Monday.

Coleraine were already in control before Mark Surgenor was shown a straight red-card on 35 minutes for a two-footed lunge on Ciaran Clarke.

Stephen Lowry netted the opener after good work from Shane Jennings before Gareth Tommons hit the crossbar.

Curtis Allen was also denied by the woodwork after firing in the second goal on 74 minutes.