Coleraine pay the penalty at the final opportunity
Thursday, 22 December 2016
SO, it's Ballymena Utd against Carrick Rangers in this season's League Cup final.
Could have been just as easily Coleraine, I suppose, with a little bit more luck and better judgement from the match officials.
The final scoreline might have read 3-0 to the home side but as most observers - including Ballymena boss David Jeffrey - agreed afterwards, it was never really a 3-0 game.
Indeed, for large swathes of the 90 plus minutes at Ballymena, it didn't look like anyone was going to score, such was the tight nature of this game.
Both teams enjoyed periods of dominance and on chances created it's fair to say the Braid men created the greater number of openings.
That said, the visitors had two chances to complete what would have bee a real smash and grab in the closing stages of normal time.
Rodney Brown hit the bar with a deflected right foot shot from close range while James McLaughlin fired straight at Ross Glendinning when a shot either side of the 'keeper might have broken the deadlock in the dying seconds.
The game continued in a similar vein into extra-time until Steven Douglas stretched out his foot to send United striker Cathair Friel tumbling.
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