IRISH LEAGUE: Dungannon Swifts earn important win over Ballinamallard United

Dungannon Swifts  Andrew Mitchell   and Ballinamallard United's Emmet Friars

Dungannon Swifts Andrew Mitchell and Ballinamallard United's Emmet Friars

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Dungannon Swifts 2 Ballinamallard Utd 0

Dungannon Swifts eased to victory over Ballinamallard in a forgettable Tyrone-Fermanagh derby.

Goals from Alan Teggart and Ryan Harpur secured the points.

The first half was a lacklustre affair, short on chances and quality.

The only shot on target produced the opening goal.

It came when a defender failed to deal with a cross from Andrew Mitchell, and Alan Teggart pounced to fire home.

The second half didn’t improve much either.

Mitchell worked the goalkeeper while Cormac Burke drove a shot wide from distance.

Dungannon doubled their lead in the 62nd minute.

Harpur converted from close range after Douglas Wilson’s free-kick deflected off the wall.

Ivan Sproule had a chance to pull one back for the visitors, but fired wide after being teed up by sub Johnny Lafferty.

The win lifts Dungannon four points clear of the bottom two.

However, the Mallards are still in trouble, just a point above second-bottom Carrick Rangers.

DGN SWIFTS: Coleman, Montgomery, Hegarty, Armstrong, O’Rourke, Wilson, Fitzpatrick (Lowe, 70), Harpur, Teggart (Hazley, 69), Burke (Glackin, 81), Mitchell

Subs not used: Addis, Liggett

BALLINAMALLARD: Rouse, McMenamin, Friars, Dykes, Falconer, McCabe, McKenna (Currie, 79), Lecky (McCartney, 64), Mayse (Lafferty, 70), Sproule, Campbell

Subs not used: McCusker, Elliott

Referee: Ian McNabb (Newtownabbey)