Ballinamallardís troubles continue.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Ballinamallardís troubles continue. thumbnailBallinamallard's Shane McGinty in action against Linfield.

LINFIELD ran out easy 6-0 winners away against Ballinamallard at a rainy Ferney Park on Saturday afternoon, despite having defender Josh Robinson sent off in the first half.


Two each from Mark Haughey and Andrew Waterworth, along with goals by Jordan Stewart and Kirk Millar, gave David Healy's men a comfortable win.

Gavin Dykes' charges remain rooted to the bottom of the Danske Bank Premiership table after what has been an unenviable week of fixtures, having fallen 2-1 to league leaders Coleraine on Tuesday night at the Showgrounds, and 2-0 away to Crusaders on the previous weekend.

Matthew Clarke's ball to the back post was met with a thumping header from Haughey to get the ball rolling for the Blues on Saturday, before Stewart weaved his way in on the left flank to deliver for Millar, whose looping header was out of reach for Mallards' keeper Richard Brush.

It was nearly three moments later but Brush produced a fantastic stop to deny Clarke after being slipped in by Stewart, with the duo causing the hosts plenty of problems all afternoon.

Five minutes before half-time there was drama as Josh Robinson's effort was knocked into the net by alert striker Andrew Waterworth on the follow-up to make it 3-0, before a series of bodies landed in the net which provoked an altercation, resulting in Robinson receiving a red card from referee Ian McNabb.

The numerical disadvantage didn't halt Linfield after the break, and Haughey got his second after heading in Kirk Millar's corner at the near post.

With the game out of sight now for the Mallards, Chris Casement almost got himself on the scoresheet in the pouring rain but his header was cleared off the line by Jonathan Leddy to keep the score at 4-0.

Stewart though got a deserved goal on 74 minutes as he slotted home from Millar's perfect cross.

At the other end Roy Carroll had little to do but when called upon he produced the goods to deny Ciaran Martyn.

The Blues added a sixth on 86 minutes when Waterworth raced through on goal to lift the ball over the onrushing Brush for his second of the afternoon.

"We changed personnel because we had to change personnel, we had so many bodies that were injured and sore," said boss Dykes.

"I'm disappointed as I think you gotta go give your all, and I think some fellas out there just didn't.

After the third or fourth goal we chucked it and that isn't good enough, that's not good enough for anyone that's playing football."

One positive of the weekend's games were defeats for the rest of the bottom four, Warrenpoint Town, Carrick Rangers and Ards, and the Ducks stay four points adrift.

But it doesn't get any easier for the Fermanagh men, with a trip to Solitude next on the agenda this Saturday to take on a Cliftonville side looking for their third win on the trot.


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