Point could be important for Dykesí men.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

DARREN Murray's equaliser 15 minutes from time earned Warrenpoint Town a 1-1 draw with Ballinamallard United in Saturday evening's Premiership game.


The hosts went in front courtesy of a Shane McGinty strike while midfielder Richard Clarke was sent off before Murray levelled.

The Fermanagh club remain at the foot of the table, but the point edges them closer to next-placed Carrick Rangers, who suffered a 4-0 defeat at Dungannon Swifts.

"I thought we started the second half very well for a change, said Ballinamallard manager Gavin Dykes after the game. "Got a goal, and probably could have had another one.

"Clarkey's made a mistake, he's apologised to us in there.

He shouldn't have went to ground, and I've no argument with the sending off, it's two tackles. Not malicious, but it's too yellow cards, and that swings momentum their way.

"I thought we'd see it out, but we got done from a set play that we spoke about. But tonight we showed a wee bit of bottle. We dug in in the last ten or 15 minutes we were under pressure.

"I think it might be a big point come the end of the season to be honest. We are a point closer to Carrick than we were before we started today, and Warrenpoint haven't got away from us yet."

Ballinamallard had the first opportunity to open the scoring when Ben McCann's header was tipped over by Berant Turker Conall McGrandless found the run of Sean Mackle on the right hand side, but he was denied by Richard Brush.

Another ball over the top had Darren Murray in on goal, but his chipped effort over the top of the advancing Brush landed just over the bar.

At the other end, Stuart Huchtinson managed to find space on the edge of the box and turn onto his left foot, but his effort was easily dealt with by Turker.

The best chance of the half then fell to Josh McIlwaine, whose header from a fine Clarke corner was superbly turned away by the sprawlking Warrenpoint goalkeeper.

Just seven minutes after the break the Mallards found the breakthrough. Niall Owens cross from the byline on the left wing wasnt dealt with by Turker, and McGinty was there to take full advantage and fire in from inside the box.

Owens and McGinty linked up again, but the latter's effort just grazed the top pf the crossbar. Then, with just under 20 minutes left to play, Clarke was dismissed by referee Jamie Robinson after a reckless tackle earned him his second booking of the game.

Five minutes later, Warrenpoint were level when Alan Davidson's corner routine found Murray, who took a touch to tee himself up before unleashing a powerful shot into the top right corner, the striker's seventh league goal of the campaign.

Mallards defender Colm McLoughlin had to be alert in the dying seconds to clear a loose ball from inside the six yard box to ensure the points were shared on the evening


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