Friel seals deal from his own half as holders set up cup final showdown with the Swifts

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Ballymena players celebrate Cathair Friel's late stunner.

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Ballymena United will face Dungannon Swifts in next Saturday's BetMcLean League Cup final after beating Cliftonville 3-1 in their semi at the Showgrounds - finally played at the fourth attempt.

Goals from Leroy Millar and Tony Kane put the holders in the driving seat and Cathair Friel made sure of a Sky Blues victory with a spectacular late strike from inside his own half. 

It was a dream comeback on Saturday for midfielder Millar after a long injury lay-off...

Reds manager Barry Gray admits Ballymena were the better side... 

Meanwhile, Crusaders moved five points clear at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership with a 4-2 home win against Glentoran.

The Crues' closest rivals Coleraine and Glenavon drew 1-1 at Ballycastle Road.

Carrick had a 4-0 win away to Ards and Dungannon warmed up for the League Cup decider by holding Linfield to a scoreless draw at Windsor Park.

Blues boss David Healy says it was a frustrating afternoon...




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