Ballinamallard and Dungannon share spoils in scoreless draw

Whitey Anderson
Whitey Anderson

BALLINAMALLARD UTD 0 DUNGANNON SWIFTS 0

This local derby was game of two halves as the visitors had much the better of the first half and the Ferney Park side bossed the second.

The draw leaves Ballinamallard sitting fourth in the Premiership on four points.

Midfilder Shane McCabe came closest to scoring when his rasping effort from 25 yards in the second half cannoned back off the Swift crossbar and was scooped away for a corner.

Dungannon though had the better of the first 45 minutes with Ryan Harpur pulling the best out of keeper Alvin Rouse to tip his low shot around the post for a corner.

At the other end Michael McCrudden had the ball in the Dungannon net, but was ruled offside and Shane McCabe’s well struck volley was easily gathered by Dugannon keeper Coleman.

Terry Fitzpatrick caused some trouble down the left flank when he beat the Ballinamallard defence twice before shooting off target.

The second half saw the home side take a real grip of the game. The hard working John Currie linked well on the right flank before cutting inside to fire in a shot from the corner of the box which was pushed away by keeper Coleman.

However, the initroduction of Aaron Patterson and Liam Martin livened things up for Ballinamallard with Patterson causing all sorts of trouble.

His early free kick was driven inches wide of the near post with Coleman scurrying to get across.

It was Patterson again who aerial win set up Ryan Campbell on the edge of the penalty area for another good effort on the Swifts goal.

Ballinamallard manager Whitey Anderson admitted that after the first half he was glad to be going in 0-0.

“We weren’t in the game in the first half. Dungannon were the far better side, but in the second half we were a lot better and played with more confidence.

“I think a draw was a fair result overall.”

Ballinamallard United: Rouse, McMenamin, McLoughlin, Carters, McCabe, McKenna, McCartney (Pattersoon 63), Currie (Martin 63), McCrudden, Campbell, Friars

SubsFeeney, Crilly, McCusker

Dungannon Swifts: Coleman, Montgomery, Armstrong, Burns, McCaffrey, Harpur, Glackiin, Fitzpatrick (McCullagh 78), McElroy, Burke (Mitchell67), Teggart

Subs Addis, Hazley, Liggett

Referee: Raymond Hetherington