Whitey Anderson revels in vital victory for Ballinamallard

Ballinamallard's David Kee is challenged by Coleraine's Stephen Lowry
Ballinamallard's David Kee is challenged by Coleraine's Stephen Lowry

A super strike by substitute Richard Lecky gave Ballinamallard a vital victory over Coleraine to bring them within a point of the Bannsiders .

It was a cracking drive from distance by Lecky which sealed the points for the Mallards on 78 minutes.

Manager Whitey Anderson was delighted with the result and performance of his side.

“It was a great win and a big win for us,” he said. “We played extremely well.

“Before the game I would have settled for a point just to keep us ahead of Warrenpoint, but to get the three points was a big boost for our players and the club.”

Anderson felt it was a real team performance from start to finish.

“It was a great bonus for us to get the points and have such a good performance. I’m delighted for the players because it has been really tough for them.

“That performance was as good as it has been this season against a good Coleraine side,” said Anderson.

That gives Ballinamallard a two-week break before the take on Ards in their next game.

“I know now there will be a real buzz at training and at the club for the next two weeks,” he said.

The Ballinamallard manager felt his side’s two goals were of real quality.

“The first one was really well worked and the second was a neat back heel and a great strike from Lecky,” he said.

The Mallards took the lead eight minutes into the second half. A good combination between McCartney Kee and Crawford saw the in-form Ryan Campbell finish well when he shot across goal into the bottom corner.

But on 63 minutes Coleraine were level when Gareth Tommons’ volley from inside the box flew in at the near post.

Lecky’s winner was sublime on 78 minutes, the striker letting fly from distance which nestled in the corner.

In the closing minutes Lowry was red carded for Coleraine for a stamping incident, while David Kee received his second yellow and he too had to walk the changing room early.

Anderson has told his players that with four games left they must take something from each of them.

“”We worked hard on a number of things in training and they came off today,” he added.

“ It has really given us a life and we are keen to fight all the way to stay in this top flight. The football we played today was excellent with flashes of our quality game last season.”