Whitey Anderson lays down the gauntlet for his Mallards

Mallards boss Whitey Anderson
Mallards boss Whitey Anderson

Whitey Anderson is urging his Ballinamallard United side to “grab the opportunity” in Saturday’s Irish Cup sixth round clash against Glenavon at Ferney Park.

The Mallards are unbeaten in their last three games and Anderson insists his team must now raise the bar in the game’s top knockout tournament.

Anderson’s boys are coming off the back of a commendable 1-1 draw at Coleraine, achieved with only 10 men after having Craig Hill dismissed in the first half.

He now want his team to show the same commitment against the Lurgan Blues.

“We had a lot of character in the side, especially after the dismissal, which was unfair as far as I’m concerned,” said Anderson.

“It was extremely frustrating to say the least. The first yellow was a foul, but it wasn’t clear cut either.

“Then the ball, which was heading down the Ballycastle Road, hit Craig on the arm. The referee couldn’t get the card out quickly enough.

“I think anybody at the game would be in total agreement. Even the Coleraine management team were shocked. I just think it was a very poor decision.

“The players were tremendous in the second half. There were a lot of pluses and we deserved a point against what is a very good Coleraine side.”