Ballinamallard United boss Whitey Anderson in no mood to lift foot off the pedal

Neil McCafferty will miss Saturday's game against Ballinamallard
Neil McCafferty will miss Saturday's game against Ballinamallard

Influential Neil McCafferty must sit out an automatic one game ban which means he misses today’s Danske Premiership clash against Ballinamallard United at the Ballycastle Road Showgrounds.

The talented midfielder received a red card in his team’s defeat by Dungannon Swifts in midweek following a reckless challenge on the impressive Jamie Glackin.

Both teams are coming off the back of contrasting results.

The Bannsiders lost to rivals Ballymena United on Tuesday, while Ballinamallard almost certainly cemented their stay in the fop flight by defeating ailing Institute.

“We now have a 15 point advantage over Institute and we are seven above Warrenpoint, with only three games left,” said Ballinamallard boss Whitey Anderson.

“It was a big win over Institute, one that looks like sending them back to Championship One.

“Jason McCartney scored both goals to show what an important player is he for us.

“Yes, the pressure is now off to a certain degree. But we still want to reel in as many points as we can over the last few games.

“Coleraine have been blowing hot and cold all season. They’ll be disappointed to lose successive games to Dungannon and Ballymena.

“But we must focus on what we need to do to win the game. We’ll be up for it.”

Bannsiders boss Oran Kearney will ask his players for a response following their midweek loss at Dungannon, where McCafferty blotted his copybook.

“It as a rash challenge,” said Kearney.

“Neil has been great for us this season. He was really unlucky not to score when his shot cracked back off the crossbar.

“We are in a little disappointing run of late, which has cost us our seventh place in the league table.

“It’s important the boys show a bit of character against Ballinamallard.”