Ballinamallard sink Seasiders
Tuesday, 3 September 2013
Ballinamallard Utd 3 Warrenpoint Town 0.
WHILE the news trickled through that Warrenpoint Town have secured funding from Newry and Mourne Council to help them move back to Milltown, matters went awry on the pitch.
The Seasiders lost away to Ballinamallard in a game they would have targeted maximum league points.
Individual errors proved costly and manager Barry Gray will look to rectify matters tonight (Tuesday) at 7.45pm, in Stangmore Park Dungannon, where the Seasiders take on Belfast giants Linfield.
The Blues are currently bottom of the Danske Bank Premiership on two points with Warrenpoint Town second from bottom joint with Ards on three points.
On Friday night the first half was an open, end-to-end spectacle with the home side's first chance arriving after only 23 seconds when Nigel Beacom set up Nathan Cashel, but Johnny Parr saved well. A minute later, Danny Keohane's cross from the left was glanced wide by Ryan Campbell.
On 10 minutes, Cathal Beacom's delightful throughball sent Campbell clear, but Johnny Cowan's interception only proceeded to give Cashel another opportunity, but he fired wide from 20 yards.
The visitors began to come into the game after that and they could well have scored three in a six minute spell. Shaun Parr had their first chance on 11 minutes after Darren King and Liam Bagnall had combined on the edge of the box, but he fired over when well placed and two minutes later Stephen McCabe fed Keith Johnston, but his attempted lob went off target. Their next opportunity arrived in the 17th minute when Bagnall attempted to capitalise on a rare Leon Carters slip, but the ex-Sunderland trainee was denied by Fergal Murphy.
The game was stopped for five minutes after that chance due to a serious looking injury sustained by Mallards right back, Nigel Beacom, who was stretchered off and replaced by Gary Phair.
After a scrappy spell following the restart, Ballinamallard began to look dangerous once more and they were rewarded for their efforts with a penalty after Shaun Parr was deemed to have fouled Mark Stafford during a McCartney corner. McCartney took the spot kick and drilled it low to Johnny Parr's right.
Cashel almost doubled their advantage five minutes later, but his header from a Keohane cross crashed off the bar. A second goal did arrive one minute into injury time when McCartney swept home Stephen Moan's misplaced header from 22 yards.
The second half was the polar opposite to the first with chances at a premium, but the effort and endeavour from both sides remained.
The first opening after the restart came 10 minutes in when direct running from Cashel opened the door for Campbell, but he could only shoot straight at Parr. The next chance of note didn't materialise until the 82nd minute when the impressive John Currie did well to win possession from Timmy Grant before slipping a neat pass into substitute, Lecky, who was denied by Parr at the near post.
Lecky however didn't have long to wait for his second goal for the club following his summer move from Portadown, tapping in from six yards after an incisive run from McCartney on the left to condemn Warrenpoint to defeat.
Ballinamallard Utd: F Murphy; D Keohane; L Carters; M Stafford (cpt); N Cashel (D McManus, 68); J McCartney; J Currie; S Feeney (R Lecky, 61); C Beacom; N Beacom (G Phair, 27); R Campbell. Subs not used: A Rouse; J Edgar.
Warrenpoint Town: J Parr; D King; S Moan; J Boyle (cpt); J Cowan; L Bagnall; S Parr; S McCabe (M Haveron, 67); R Devlin; K Johnston (A Graham, 67); T Grant. Subs not used: P Smith; K Anderson; S McMullan.
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