Ballinamallard finish with away win at Warrenpoint

Richard Leckey
Richard Leckey


It was an easy was to finish off the campaign for Ballinamallard United as they cruised to a comfortable win away to Warrenpoint Town.

There was little action in the opening exchanges as you would have expected between two sides both safe for another season in the Premiership and with nothing to play for but pride. However, it was the visitors who looked the sharper of the two early on and almost had a chance when Andy Crawford almost got on the end of a Liam Martin cross before they took the lead a minute before the half hour mark.

Left back Daniel Keohane picked the ball up out wide on the halfway line before clipping a pass into the path of Richard Leckey on the edge of the box. He kept his cool to fire past Jonny Parr from 12 yards despite the Warrenpoint keeper getting a touch to it.

Warrenpoint’s best chance to equalise arrived in the final minute of the half when a long ball out of defence saw top scorer Daniel Hughes outpace Keohane down the right but his shot from a tight angle flew into the sidenetting from 20 yards.

Two minutes after the restart, Darren King over the crossbar from a Mark Hughes cross from the right as Warrenpoint went in search of the leveller. Stephen Hughes then saw his deflected shot held at the second attempt by Mallards keeper Fergal Murphy on 53 minutes before Cathal Beacom curled a 22-yard free-kick inches wide two minutes later.

However, it didn’t take long for Whitey Anderson’s men to double their lead. Jason McCartney broke down the left and his cross was handled by Stephen Moan, Referee Mervyn Smyth awarded the spot-kick and McCartney sent Parr the wrong way to make it 2-0.

The hosts should have pulled one back on 66 minutes when King drove in a low cross from the right to substitute Stephen McCabe, who was only on the pitch three minutes, but he poked the ball over the bar.

Ryan Campbell showed McCabe how it was done on 71 minutes when he raced clear to beat the offside trap and neatly round Parr to slide the ball home and make it 3-0 to the visitors and put the result beyond doubt.

Warrenpoint Town: J Parr, Devlin, King, Moan, Cowan (Boyle H-T), S Parr, Grant (S McCabe 63), S Hughes, D Hughes, Havern (Bagnall H-T), M Hughes

Subs not used: G McCabe, Smith

Ballinamallard United: Murphy, Keohane, Stafford, Kee, Leckey (Feeney 71), Crawford (Campbell 68), McCartney, Beacom (Currie 71), Martin, Hill, McMenamin

Subs not used: Rouse, McManus

Referee: Mervyn Smyth (Belfast)