Crusaders are through to the Irn-Bru League Cup final thanks to a Stuart Dallas goal at the Showgrounds.
Crusaders keeper Sean O'Neill kept out Tony Kane's 35-yard free-kick before Michael Halliday squandered a good chance for the visitors.
Dallas pounced to slot in on 47 minutes after Wayne Drummond spilled the ball when Aaron Stewart headed back to the Sky Blues keeper.
Jordan Owens nearly doubled the lead when he curled just wide.
Ballymena manager Roy Walker quit the job after Tuesday's defeat.