Rodney Brown goal sends Bannsiders up to second in Danske Bank Premiership

Ballinamallard's Johnny Lafferty jumps with Coleraine's Lyndon Kane
Ballinamallard's Johnny Lafferty jumps with Coleraine's Lyndon Kane

Coleraine moved up to second place in the Danske Bank Premiership with a 2-1 victory against Ballinamallard United on Friday night.

It took a superbly drilled strike from substitute Rodney Brown to secure the points for the Bannsiders at Ferney Park.

Brown’s drive from 25 yards with the outside of his foot beat keeper Stefan McCusker and flew into the far corner – to the delight of the travelling support.

Coleraine manager Oran Kearney was delighted with the late win.

“It was a tough game, but it is nice to see us coming away with a win and the three points,” he said.

“We went in at half-time 1-0 up but I was disappointed that we conceded from a corner, but Ballinamallard really had a purple patch during that spell.

“When the corner went in I nearly feared for the worst. I wasn’t sure if we had much left in the tank. But credit to the lads, we found the strength of character, will and courage and I felt the last 15 minutes we kicked on again and went up another gear.

“We had two or three good chances before Rodney scored, but his strike was a great one with the outside of his foot.

“We’re up to second now, but we can go to first because we’re just three points behind Crusaders so we are within touching distance.”

The Bannsiders took the lead on 29 minutes when Jamie McGonigle’s shot was spilled by keeper McCusker and Ian Parkhill was on hand to stab home.

Ballinamallard should have drawn level when Adam Lecky got to the byline to pull a great ball back for McCartney in front of goal, but the winger shot wide of the far post.

Coleraine should have gone two up just after the break when a long cross from the left found McGonigle on his own at the back post, but his effort flashed past the near post.

A minute later the Ferney Park side was level when Lecky rose high at the near post to head home a McCartney corner.

Coleraine’s killer blow came in the 82nd minute when Brown collected the ball 25 yards out.

One touch and his stinging shot was drilled superbly across goal and into the far corner with the home side’s backline beaten.

Ballinamallard: McCusker, McMenamin, McLaughlin, Feeney, Martin, McKenna (McCabe 74), Lafferty, McCartney, Beacom, Lecky (Klobusek 82), Campbell (McCrudden 55)

Subs not used: Carters, Currie.

Coleraine: Doherty, Beverland (Watt 46), Higgins, Douglas, McCauley, McCafferty, McLaughlin, Lyons (Brown 63), Kane, McGonigle (Morrow 85), Falconer

Subs not used: Parkhill, Law

Referee: Steven Taylor (Belfast)