Irish Premiership: Ballymena Utd 0-2 Coleraine

Ballymena 0-2 Coleraine

Coleraine had two players sent-off but held on to secure a Premiership victory over derby rivals Ballymena United.

The game burst into life after the break with Darren McCauley's deflected shot putting the visitors ahead before James McLaughlin stabbed in.

Sammy Morrow was shown a straight red for a poor tackle and two yellows saw Mark Edgar dismissed on 69 minutes.

The Bannsiders defence held firm as United pressed with Paddy McNally heading against the woodwork late on.

It was a lacklustre opening 45 minutes at the Ballymena Showgrounds with the drama coming in the second half.

McCauley's strike deflected off McNally before hitting the bottom corner for the opener after 51 minutes.

McLaughlin grabbed his 18th goal of the campaign 13 minutes later, meeting Ian Parkhill's cross and netting from close range.

Morrow was red-carded for a high challenge on Eoin Kane before Edgar followed him down the tunnel three minutes later.

Ballymena failed to capitalise on their numerical advantage with McNally coming closest in a late burst of pressure as Coleraine ended a run of four straight defeats.

United's poor home record in the derby continues, with just one win in their last 14 meetings with Coleraine at Warden Street.