Gutsy Strabane hold Ballinamallard at bay

David Kee of Ballinamallard
David Kee of Ballinamallard

Intermediate League side Strabane Athletic earned a more than respectable draw against Premier League outfit Ballinamallard.

There were no goals in the game and only a handful of chances for both sides.

The visitors began in confident mood with Ferry, McGrinder and Friel causing problems with their determination and pace.

At the other end McManus had an early chance with a snap shot.

In the second half Strabane looked just as confident and created chances through Friel and McGrinder again, but the best chance of the game fell to Richard Lecky in the 95th minute when a ball driven in from the byline to his feet, practically on the goal line, deflected off his shin across goal and went agonisingly wide.

Ballinamallard: Rouse, Keohane, Stafford, Kee, Lecky, Crawford, Feeney (N. Beacom 66), C. Beacom (Hutchinson 61), McManus (Sheridan 61), Martin, Crilly. Subs: Currie, Campbell

Strabane Athletic: Winters, Kelly (Conwell 66), Doherty, McManamin, J.Donaghy, Graham, G. Donaghy, Mullen, Ferry (Breslin 88), McGrinder, Friel. Subs: O’Reilly, McLaughlin, Carlin

Referee: Mark Courtney