Whitey Anderson pleased to claim vital point in survival battle

Richard Lecky of Ballinamallard and Mark McCullagh of Ballymena
Richard Lecky of Ballinamallard and Mark McCullagh of Ballymena

Ballinamallard United picked up another vital point in their quest to stay in the Premership with this 0-0 draw against Ballymena United at Ferney Park.

The draw keeps them two points ahead of second bottom Warrenpoint who lost out to Coleraine.

It was central defender Mark Stafford who came closest in the closing 10 minutes with a powerfully directed header from a corner which was beaten away on the goal line by keeper Aaron Shanahan, before being scrambled to safety by the Ballymena defence.

Ballinamallard manager Whitey Anderson admited he would have liked three points but settled for one.

“There wasn’t a lot in the game,” he said.

“There weren’t a lot of chanes over the 90 minutes and their keeper Shanahan make a cracking save from Mark Stafford from a corner.

“Overall I thought we played well. Ballymena are a good side and hard to break down. I would much rather have had the win, but it’s a good point and we have Dungannon on Tuesday and we must look after ourselves. That’s all we can do. It’s a point forward, a point gained and the results went with us today.”

Anderson was disappointed losing influential midfielder Stuart Hutchinson so early in the game and admits he may miss the rest of the season.

“John Currie replaced him in the middle and I thought he did very well. I was really impressed with his workrate and general play,” Anderson added.