IRISH LEAGUE: Three sent off as Ballinamallard United beat Glentoran at Ferney Park

Adam Lecky of Ballinamallard celebrates with Stephen O'Flynn and Jason McCartney after scoring the winning goal
Adam Lecky of Ballinamallard celebrates with Stephen O'Flynn and Jason McCartney after scoring the winning goal

BALLINAMALLARD 1 GLENTORAN 0

Ballinamallard United emerged with a 1-0 win over Glentoran following an incident-packed game at Ferney Park.

But it was referee Keith Kennedy who stole the limelight, showing three red cards and brandishishing another three yellows.

On the football front, it was Adam Lecky who scored the decisive winner, sliding in at the near post to get a good touch to Ivan Sproule’s neat through ball just inside the penalty box.

Glentoran were reduced to 10 men when keeper Aaron Hogg was red carded for a foul on Stephen O’Flynn as he rounded him to score.

It took substitute keeper Elliott Morris, who had failed a fitness test just before kick-off, at least four minutes to take his place between the post and when he did he made an excellent save from Jason McCartney’s spot-kick.

Then just before the break an incident at the corner of the Glentoran penalty area saw Johnny Lafferty and Steven Gordon battle for a ball. It started a melee with referee Kennedy showing red to both players.

That left the second half 10 versus nine in Ballinamallard’s favour.

Ballinamallard United: McCusker, McCabe, McKenna, Sproule, Lafferty, McCartney (Mayse 89), Lecky, Friars, Elliott, O’Flynn (Dampbell79), Dykes

Subs: Feeney, Currie, Beacom, Mayse, Campbell

Glentoran: Hogg (Morris 13), Kane, Hollan, Birney, Magee, Allen, Addis (Scullion 82), Gordon, Caldwell, Smith, McCullough

Subs: Morris,Scullion, Morrow, Gibson, Patton

Referee: Keith Kennedy