Published Tuesday, 27 November 2012
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Ballymena went ahead in the first half when David Munster got his first goal of the season in the 23rd minute.
Linfield didn't equalise until well into the second half when Brian McCaul came off the bench and coolly stepped up to take a penalty, after Munster brought down Michael Carville in the box.
The score was 1-1 at full-time and, with no further goals in the 30 minutes of extra time, the game went to penalties.
After both sides scored three penalties each, the shoot out went to sudden death.
Linfield's Daryl Fordyce saw his spot kick saved and Alan Davidson put away Ballymena's winning penalty.
Winning manager Glenn Ferguson said he practised penalties with the team during the week and told them to stick to the side they had in their head and not to change their mind.
It was his first trophy win as a manager, even though he picked up 30 winners medals as a player.
He told UTV Sport that the victory wasn't any sweeter because it was against his old club Linfield, it was just a matter of winning.
He said he was delighted for the players and everyone at the club.
Blues boss David Jeffrey said he wanted to congratulate Ferguson and his backroom team and everyone at Ballymena, but he said he was very hurt to lose, because he is a winner.
He said: "We had plenty of chances and we didn't take them."