Ballinamallard boss Andderson wants top six finish

MINE: Ballinamallard's David Kee and Coleraine's Aaron Canning
MINE: Ballinamallard's David Kee and Coleraine's Aaron Canning

Whitey Anderson has challenged Ballinamallard to keep flying high as he aims to finish the season on a high.

The Mallards have confounded all the critics with their performances so far this season and they look odds on to secure a top six finish.

They are a point closer to achieving the dream thanks to another impressive performance at Coleraine on Saturday.

And Anderson wants his players to keep showing that fighting spirit that has served them so well to date.

“ We’ve five tough games left until the split and we’ll just keep scrapping away to make sure we stay in the top six,” said Anderson.

“We have a great bunch of lads here who show great desire and commitment.

“They fight for every ball and every second ball. I think that was evident for everyone today.

“We’re in fourth place at the minute and hopefully we can go on and secure a top six finish.

“It would be a great way to round off our debut season in the Premiership.”

There was to be no repeat of Ballinamallard’s amazing 5-1 demolition of the Bannsiders just over a fortnight ago. But Anderson was happy enough with a point in the end.

“I knew it was going to be tough here today as Coleraine would be desperate to put things right after the last result,” he said.

“They came out and had a real good go at us in the first half and to be honest I’m delighted to come away with a point.

“They had a couple of good chances in the first half, but thankfully our keeper made two great saves in the first half to keep us in the game.

“I just said to the boys after the game that we have Alvin to thank for securing the draw for us.

“Our season is going well, but we want that top six finish and we are determined to do that.

“The boys have worked very hard this season and they will continue to do that until the end of the season.”

Bannsiders boss Oran Kearney was disappointed his side didn’t take advantage of the chances that were presented to Curtis Allen and Stevie Lowry.

“Goals change games and especially the first goal in a game and we had a couple of good chances in the first half through Curtis and Stevie,” said Kearney.

“You would put your house on Curtis to score in that position, but the keeper has made a good save to deny him.

“But when you create chances that those you really should be coming away with all three points.

“We wanted to prove a point today as we felt the last game was very harsh on us.

“Unfortunately we couldn’t find that all important goal, but the lasds put ina good shift, we just lacked a cutting edge today,” added the Bannsiderrs boss.