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Ballymena Utd 3-3 Linfield


Ballymena United and leaders Linfield draw 3-3 in an action-packed Carling Premiership match at the Showgrounds

Ballymena United came back from 3-1 down to earn a draw against league leaders Linfield in a pulsating match.

Mark McAllister opened the scoring with a cool finish on 21 minutes but Richard Gibson levelled with a penalty on 25.

Dwayne Nelson punched the ball into his own net from a Robert Garrett free-kick on 30 and Peter Thompson chipped the ball over Nelson on the hour mark.

Mark Surgenor headed in a Michael Smith cross on 70, Surgenor equalised on 78 and Jamie Mulgrew was sent-off late on.

McAllister broke the deadlock after good work on the right by Thompson and then Alan Blayney saved well from Gary McCutcheon.

Gibson levelled four minutes later after Garrett handled inside the area.

Nelson punched the ball over his head and into the net on the half hour and before the break, Mulgrew saw his curling effort pushed behind by Nelson.

Mulgrew provided the pass for Thompson to score his 14th goal of the season with a composed finish and Garrett had a shot saved by Nelson soon after.

Surgenor converted a Smith free-kick with a glancing header and Gibson almost equalised but just nodded the ball wide from McCutcheon's left-wing cross.

Albert Watson thwarted McAllister as he ran through on goal and then McCutcheon fired wide from an Aaron Stewart cross.

Surgenor levelled after an attempted clearance by Linfield hit the Ballymena player and looped over Blayney and into the net.

McAllister squandered a great opportunity to secure victory for the Blues when he fired over from close range.

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