IRISH LEAGUE: Shane McCabe frustrated by Ballinamallard United’s inconsistency

Dungannon Swifts' Alan Teggart (left) celebrates scoring against Ballinamallard United
Dungannon Swifts' Alan Teggart (left) celebrates scoring against Ballinamallard United
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Shane McCabe believes Ballinamallard must be a nightmare to manage.

A roller-coaster season for the Fermanagh side took another dip at Stangmore Park, where they lost this relegation six-pointer.

Goals from Alan Teggart and Ryan Harpur gave Dungannon victory.

It came just five days after the Mallards produced a strong performance to beat Portadown.

The previous week, they crashed 3-0 at home to Warrenpoint.

After this defeat on Saturday, manager Whitey Anderson admitted he was scratching his head at their inconsistent form.

And McCabe said: “It’s disappointing – there seems to be a bit of Jekyll and Hyde with us.

“It must be very frustrating to manage us because one week we’re very good, the next week we’re very bad.”

A dreadful game produced two goals and little else.

The mallards fell behind when Teggart struck in the 28th minute.

The home side doubled their lead in the 62nd minute.

Douglas Wilson’s free-kick deflected off the Mallards’ wall and dropped to Harpur, who stuck out his left boot to turn the ball home.

McCabe added: The first goal was a mistake by us.

“I thought Dungannon just out-battled us.

“They showed a bit more eagerness and hunger, which is disappointing. We just didn’t get going today.

“We had a good result on Monday night which should have set us up. We should have been coming here buzzing, but for whatever reason we were flat.

“We started a wee bit poorly. A couple of passes went astray.

“I don’t think we created many chances or hit the target. Their goalkeeper didn’t have a save to make.

“That’s not just down to the front three - it’s the team as a whole.”

This was far from a classic performance by Dungannon too, not that it will concern Rodney McAree.

“Going into our last three games, against Carrick, Warrenpoint and Ballinamallard, if someone had offered me seven points I would have snapped their hand off,” he said.

“I have to be very pleased. The boys have shown great commitment and character.”

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)