Ballinamallard manager Whitey Anderson was honest enough to admit that he couldn’t wait to hear the final whistle after Coleraine peppered the home goal for the last 15 minutes of the game.
His counterpart Oran Kearney said the draw almost seemed like a win to them.
“We dominated for most of the game and you have to hand credit to their keeper Fergal Murphy who produced a string of great saves,” said Kearney.
“It was incredible stuff and sometimes you just have to accept that the keeper is having one of thos stand out days.”
Anderson though knew his side got away with a point.
“Really I couldn’t wait for the final whistle. They were coming right at us and could have scored once or twice. But our defending was absolutely superb and our goalkeeper Fergal Murphy was brilliant.
“It was great to see him have a game like this. He was the one in nets when we played Portadown and had a bad day. He showed today how good a keeper he is with some really top class saves,” said the Ballinamallard supremo.
Anderson added that with other results going well for his side, it was an ever better point and keeps them in seventh place.
“We picked up three great points last week at Glenavon and had to build on that today. It was difficult at times, but I felt during the first half we were pretty even with Coleraine.
“We’ve had a good run against them and they still haven’t beaten us in the Premier league. All that matters to us though is that we got the point and continue to build.
“Next week against Warrenpoint will be tough, but I hope we can take something from this and put in another good performance there.”
The Ferney Park side really held on by the skin of their teeth to share the spoils.
A super second half display by keeper Fergal Murphy kept the Coleraine firing line at bay.
The visitors opened the scoring after 15 minute when Eoin Bradley crossed to Gary Browne to shoot home.
Coleraine should have been two up on 20 minutes when Carson’s cross was met by Tommins at the back post, but keeper Murphy saved with his legs.
Nine minutes in the second half Ballinamallard levelled when Cathal Beacom’s long range free kick evaded everyone tofly past keeper Drummond.