Zach Barr (78)

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Zach Barr scored Knockbreda's winner

BARR GETS ONLY GOAL AS MALLARDS CONTINUE POOR RUN

A Zach Barr goal with just under a quarter-of-an-hour remaining handed Knockbreda victory from this trip to face Ballinamallard United at Ferney Park.

Barr struck on 78 minutes after both he and keeper John Connolly went to ground as they raced towards a through ball, and just when it seemed Connolly had won the battle, Barr swiped a leg to send the ball trickling over the line.

It was another afternoon of frustration for Harry McConkey and Ballinamallard against a resilient, physical and determined Knockbreda.

The home side couldn't find a rhythm all afternoon and were thwarted at every opportunity by the visitors with keeper Dean Smyth rarely tested. 

'Breda survived numerous corners as the clock ticked down to full-time, with James Patterson and Richard Copeland coming out on top with every ball that entered the penalty area.

Indeed Lee Forsythe's men could have scored a second on the counter attack, but Ryan Newberry saw his shot go off target.

Ballinamallard United: Connolly, Taheny, Arkinson, Clarke, Campbell, O'Reilly, McCartney, Kelly, McCann, Henderson, McEvoy subs McManus (not used), Mullen (not used), Edgar (replaced Henderson 65), Cashel (replaced Campbell 70), Robb (not used)

Knockbreda: Smyth, Drysdale, McKenna, McVeigh, Patterson, Copeland, Dobbin, Newberry, Bennett, Johnston, Barr subs Roohi (replaced Barr 78), Pike (not used), Doran (not used), Cafolla (not used), Clelland (replaced Dobbin 80)

Referee: Chris Morrison