Whitey stunned by display

GUTTED: Oran Kearney
GUTTED: Oran Kearney

Whitey Anderson described Ballinamallard United’s stunning Showgrounds success last night as “unbelievable.”

Chris Curran’s second half double helped his sink Coleraine and jump ahead of them into fifth spot in the Premiership table.

He said: “You never expect to come to Coleraine and score five. They are a good team but we worked ever so hard despite being without key players through suspension.

“It was a fabulous performance because Coleraine are a good side.”

Not even a delayed start and an interrupted journey on the way could upset the Fermanagh side.

“The team bus was held up in a traffic jam following a road traffic accident near Greysteel,” explained Anderson. “But the last time that happened we won five at Distillery so maybe we’ll just do the team talk on the bus from now on.”

The visitors, with only two wins in their previous seven Premiership games, snatched the advantage from the penalty spot. Referee Mervyn Smyth saw midfielder James McKenna go to ground in the box and Jay McCartney’s left foot shot beat Doherty with 26 minutes gone.

The visitors doubled their lead when home skipper David Ogilby inadvertently headed in Campbell’s ball into the danger area on 56 minutes.

The talented Curran snatched the first of his brace just after the hour as the Coleraine defence was caught cold.

Campbell plundered the fourth from inside the box in the 71st minute with Coleraine run ragged and Curran found the net again five miunutes frim time.

Oran Kearney’s mustered themselves to secure a last minute consolation for substitute David Scullion, but it was not the result the Bannsiders would have been looking for at the Showgrounds.

Coleraine: Doherty, Canning, Beverland, Ogilby, McIlmoyle, Tomilty, Harkin, Lowry, Bradley, (Hegarty,68), Jennings (Scullion 68), Gillan (Boyce, 57). Subs. Watt, Owens.

Ballinamallard Utd: Rouse, Hill, Keohane, Liggett, Carters, Curran, McKenna (Cashel 79), O’Grady, McCartney (Heveron 79), Campbell (McManus 81), Feeney. Subs., Sheridan, Crawford.

Referee: Mervyn Smyth, Belfast