IRISH LEAGUE: Ballinamallard United up to eighth after spirited 3-0 win over Warrenpoint Town at Ferney Park

Ballinamallard's Michael McCrudden celebrates scoring
Ballinamallard's Michael McCrudden celebrates scoring

Ballinamallard United move up to eighth spot in the Danske Bank Premiership with a 3-0 victory over Warrenpoint Town on Friday night.

Second-half goals from Michael McCrudden, Liam Martin and Ryan Campbell sealed the win for Whitey Anderson’s side at Ferney Park.

While the Mallards celebrated a spirited win, the result saw Warrenpoint crash to their eighth successive league defeat.

It leaves Barry Gray’s men rooted to the bottom of the Premiership table – they remain four points adrift of nearest rivals Dungannon Swifts.

A wonderful second half paved the way for the Mallards to secure their first home win of the season against the basement side.

The win also gives the Ferney Park side back-to-back victories for the first time this season, with six goals and two clean sheets.

Manager Anderson was delighted with his sides second half showing.

“I’m delighted for the players. It was a tight first half and I though one goal might win it. I certainly knew the first goal was going to be important,” he said.

“We got that and I thought we played very well in the second half with a number of good individual performances.

“But to have back-to-back wins, six goals, two clean sheets and six points – it doesn’t get much better than that for us, but I think we deserve it on our performances.”

Nine minutes into the second half the Ferney side took the lead when McCrudden netted from close range after some good work from Johnny Lafferty.

A more lively Ballinamallard side increased their lead on 73 minutes when the in-form Martin timed a run perfectly to meet the ball at the far post and crash the ball into the top of the net.

The Fermanagh side finished off a slick second half when Lecky’s neat side flick fell into the path of Campbell who slotted home past keeper Shanahan in the 90th minute.

Ballinamallard United: Rouse, McMenamin, McLaughlin, Feeney, Martin, Lafferty (Currie 74), McCartney, Lecky, McCrudden (Klobusek 82), Campbell, Friars.

Subs not used: McCusker, Carters, Phair.

Warrenpoint Town: Shannan, Murphy (Kierans 77), McDonald, D. Hughes, McCabe (Murray 82), Dane, Bagnall, M. Hughes, Moan (McVeigh 51), Boyle

Subs not used: Donnelly

Referee: Peter McGrath (Newtownabbey)