Glens manager Patterson rues missed chances

Ballinamallard's Liam Martin and Glentoran's Stephen McAlorum
Ballinamallard's Liam Martin and Glentoran's Stephen McAlorum

It was the late, late show at Ferney Park as Ballinamallard United came from behind to snatch a draw against Glentoran on Saturday.

Mark Stafford’s 93rd minute headed equaliser from a Raymond Foy’s free kick, was enough to earn the Mallards a point against a Glentoran side which dominated the second half.

However, Ballinamallard manager Whitey Anderson said he would have been very disappointed to have come out of the game without a point. We played very well in the first half and we nullified them very well,” said Anderson.

“I know they had two efforts disallowed, but that happens. We had the ball in the back of the net too, but it wasn’t given.”

“I was disappointed that we conceded two goals from set plays and were are normally very strong in that department, but I am delighted that we kept going right to the end.”

His counterpart Glens manager Eddie Patterson felt his side had thrown the three points away.

He was annoyed at the decision to rule out two first half goals from McAlorum and Allen.

“It was a game that should have been out of sight,” said Patterson.

“We had two perfectly good goals disallowed in the first half, hit the woodwork a couple of times and totally dominated the second half,” he said, adding that he felt his side committed suicide giving away a silly free kick in the dying seconds to allow the Ferney Park side a last gasp equaliser.

“It’s a game we fully deserved three points from, but we ended up with one. We’re disappointed, we should be leaving here with three points.”

It was Ballinamallard who were in control for most of the first half and they took the lead after just five minutes when John Currie’s delivery from the right found the head of new signing Anthony Elding to head past Glens keeper Chris Keenan.

Glentoran did have the ball in the net twice in the first half, through Allen and McAlorum, but both efforts were ruled off side.

Ballinamallard too found the net again, this time Elding’s finish after a good Johnny Lafferty flick, but it too was ruled out for off side.

In the second half though the Glens were much brighter and pinned the home side back.

They drew levell after 64 minutes when Henderson’s free kick found Magee free to score from close range.

Ballinamallard could have restored their lead when a brilliant move involving Currie and Elding saw the ball played into the path of Foy, whose shot cannoned off the base of the Glentoran post.

They took the lead on 79 minutes, again from a set piece when the ball was headed back across the Ballinamallard goal for Curtis Allen to find the net with a brilliant overhead kick.

Glentoran could have made it three when a long kick out found Allen who outpaced the home defence but his shot crashed off the base of the post.

With time running out man of the match John Currie was taken down on the left side and from the free kick central defender Mark Stafford rose high to head home from 12 yards.