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Ballinamallard savour welcome win over Glens

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Ballinamallard savour welcome win over Glens thumbnailBallinamallard’s Ryan Mayse scored the first goal in his side’s 2-1 win over Glentoran at Ferney Park on Saturday.

BALLINAMALLARD claimed their first win since the first weekend in October, at home to Glentoran, winning 2-1 at Ferney Park.

Ballinamallard...2
Glentoran ...1

 Ryan Mayse and Josh McIlwaine got the goals that paved the way to victory, before Jay Magee pulled one back for the Glens late on.

The result is a welcome boost for the Mallards ahead of critical games against Dungannon, Portadown and Carrick over the next few weeks.

“To get the three points is great, we made hard work of it though," said Ducks' manager, Gavin Dykes, after the match. "We went two goals up and then we sat deep and defended, and defending isn't our strong point.

“I could see the goal coming, and I'm glad we held out because over the last three weeks we've deserved more points than we've got.

“December is a big month for us. We've started off okay with a draw at Ards. Today is gone now, it's finished, and we have to push on.

The away side had the better of the first half chances with O'Flynn heading narrowly off target and Allen forcing Crawford into a couple of saves.

At the other end, Morris denied Lafferty on the counter attack whilst Adam Lecky had a penalty appeal turned away after being nudged in the back by Birney.

As the teams left for the half time interval, there was an altercation between Lafferty and Gordon, with the former being shown a yellow card, and the latter a red.

The home side took full advantage with two goals at the start of the second half. Shane McGinty won a free kick on the edge of the penalty area, and Mayse fired into the bottom corner of the net.

McIlwaine got the second with an emphatic finish high into the roof of the net, after turning and shooting inside the box.

 Glentoran continued to press forward, with substitute Nacho Novo and and Johnny Addis both threatening the goal before and scored they eventually pulled one back on 90 minutes when Magee netted a free kick.

Dykes revealed he will be on the market to strengthen his squad, especially after top-scorer Adam Lecky departs for Australia in January.

“Unfortunately we are going to lose him (Lecky), but we wish him well. We are going to have to try and get some re-inforcements. We're strongly working at the moment to try and do that, so hopefully by next week we'll definitely have done and hopefully two maybe, and by the end of January maybe have four. I think the squad needs it."

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