Late penalty gives Ballinamallard points against Coleraine

Ballinamallard's Steve Feeney fired the home side into the lead against Coleraine
Ballinamallard's Steve Feeney fired the home side into the lead against Coleraine

BALLINAMALLARD 2 COLERAINE 1

A controversial penalty well into injury time gave Ballinamallard United a vital three points against Coleraine.

Jason McCartney scored from the spot after referee Raymond Hetherington adjudged Adam Mullan had handled the ball from a stinging Cathal Beacom drive.

The home side had taken the lead on 27 minutes when a Currie corner found Steve Feeney, who outjumped the Coleraine defence to head down and into the net.

Coleraine levelled on 37 minutes after a long throw wasn’t dealt with by the home defence and when the ball fell to Matthew Snoody his snap-shot sneaked in at the near post past ’keeper Murphy.

Central defender David Ogilby was red-carded on 75 minutes after a tackle on Stuart Hutchinson, but all the drama came in the dying seconds with the controversial spot kick which McCartney converted into the bottom corner.

Ballinamallard United: Murphy, Stafford, Kee (Campbell 68), Martin, Hutchinson, Lafferty (Courtney 84), Currie (Bacom 68), McKenna, Feeney, McLoughlin

Subs: Murphy, McMenamin, Beacom, Campbell, Courtney

Coleraine: Doherty, Beverland, Higgins, Douglas, Olilby, Snoddy, Canning, Mullan, Parkhill (Brown 44), McNeill (Kane 76), Lyons (McGinty 64)

Subs: Browne, McGinty, Kane, Watt

Referee: Raymond Hetherington