Mallards and Portadown fail to find the target in goalless stalemate at Ferney Park

Johnny Lafferty of Ballinamallard and Robert Garrett of Portadown
Johnny Lafferty of Ballinamallard and Robert Garrett of Portadown
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It was a goalless stalemate at Ferney Park as Ballinamallard United and Portadown misfired in front of goal.

There were chances with Gary Twigg having the first real chance of the game, connecting with Conaty’s cross but keeper Fergal Murphy pulled off an excellent save.

It was Twigg again with a header from Peter McMahon’s cross which came back off the crossbar 10 minutes into the second half.

Ballinamallard had their chances too. Mark Stafford’s thundering header crashed off the Ports crososbar with keeper David Miskelly beaten after a whipped free-kick from David Kee.

Portadown had to play with 10 men for the final 10 minutes of the game when Mark McAllister was red carded when he received a second yellow card.

Ballinamallard United: Murphy, Crilly, McLaughlin, Staford, Feeney, Courtney (McCartney 56), Currie, Kee, McKenna, Elding (Martin 69), Lafferty (Campbell 77)

Subs: McCusker, Beacom, McCartney, Campbell, Martin

Portadown: Miskelly, Redman, O’Hara, Breen, McMahon (McElroy 72), McAllister (red card 80), Gault, Twigg, Conaty (Mackle (69), Garrett, Richardson

Subs: Brenan, Mackle, Mouncey, McElroy, Lyttle

Referee: Mervyn Smyth