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Live Reporting

Andy Gray

All times stated are UK

  1. The final whistle

    FT: Ballymena United 2-1 Larne

    That's all for this evening!

    However, fear not! We can do it all again tomorrow with the remaining five Irish Premiership fixtures.

    You can read the report from tonight's game here, and keep an eye out for highlights on the BBC Sport website!

    See you then!

    Paul McElroy celebrates his winning goal

    Ballymena United 2-1 Larne

    It's all over at the Showgrounds!

    On a freezing night it was fitting Paul McElroy's superb winner was the goal to warm the home support up.


    Ballymena United 2-1 Larne

    Steven McCullough plays the ball to the back post and David Parkhouse rises highest but his header crashes off the crossbar.

    Kenny Kane was lurking but the rebound is just out of his path. Close!

  4. McElroy magic

    Ballymena United 2-1 Larne

    Now that's composure!

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    Video caption: Paul McElroy fires Ballymena in front
  5. Post update

    Ballymena United 2-1 Larne

    We've less than 10 minutes to go. Can Larne respond?


    Ballymena United 2-1 Larne

    David Parkhouse makes his long-awaited return from a knee injury.

    It's great to see the former Northern Ireland Under-21 striker back on the pitch.

    Paul McElroy is the man to make way after a massive shift.

  7. GOAL

    Ballymena United 2-1 Larne

    Paul McElroy with a moment of magic!

    Jordan Williamson pumps a long ball forward, it's flicked on and McElroy breaks into the area.

    He could have hit it early, but he cuts back inside and curls a brilliant effort into the far corner.

    It was route one but very, very effective.


    Ballymena United 1-1 Larne

    Tiernan Lynch makes the first move.

    Dean Jarvis, Thomas Oluwa and Lee Lynch come on as Larne make a triple substitution.

    Ronan Hale, Graham Kelly and Ben Doherty are the three players to make way.

  9. Post update

    Ballymena United 1-1 Larne

    Conor Keeley makes no mistake to bring the Sky Blues level.

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    Video caption: Conor Keeley heads home Ballymena's equaliser
  10. Post update

    Ballymena United 1-1 Larne

    Here's how McDaid gave Larne the lead - but it didn't last long!

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    Video caption: Davy McDaid gives Larne the lead at The Showgrounds
  11. Post update

    Ballymena United 1-1 Larne

    That's Ross Redman's 100th assist in the Irish League. That's not bad going for a left back.

  12. GOAL

    Ballymena United 1-1 Larne

    Ballymena are level! Conor Keely heads home the resulting corner!

    Ross Redman whips in a brilliant delivery into the six yard box and Keeley gets there ahead of Ferguson to power the Sky Blues level.

  13. CLOSE!

    Ballymena United 0-1 Larne

    Jude Winchester tries a speculative effort from 20 yards and Rohan Ferguson takes the safe option of tipping the ball over the top.

  14. Post update

    Ballymena United 0-1 Larne

    That's given the away support a bit of a lift and we're getting a bit of a sing song.

    Now, what do Ballymena have in response?

  15. GOAL

    Ballymena United 0-1 Larne

    Larne make the breakthrough! It's David McDaid with the opener on 51 minutes!

    Mark Randall finds Tomas Cosgrove down the right and he pulls the ball back to the edge of the area.

    McDaid, who has barely been mentioned all game, races onto it and finds the bottom corner with a brilliant finish.

  16. KICK-OFF

    Ballymena United 0-0 Larne

    The players are back out. Things can only get better.

  17. More to come

    Saturday's Irish Premiership action

    Irish Premiership fixtures
  18. Post update

    HT: Ballymena United 0-0 Larne

    Colin Coates

    Cliftonville defender on BBC Sport NI

    Quote Message: As the half went on Ballymena grew into the game. They committed more men forward and on the flip side that afforded Larne more opportunities. I do feel as players start to tire space will open up for the creative players on both sides.

    Ballymena United 0-0 Larne

    There's no additional time at the end of the half, which tells you everything you need to know.