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THE Co. Fermanagh team went on the attack from the whistle and Dougherty was called upon to tip a screamer from Crawford over the bar in the first minute.

The Welders made the occasional run into the visitors half but all attacks were comfortably dealt with by the no nonsense Ballinamallard defence.

The opening goal came five minutes later when Crawford slotted home from ten yards.

Welders goalie Dougherty saw red after thirty five minutes when he was adjudged to have denied Higginbottom a scoring opportunity.

Tony Miskelly took over in goal and was the busier of the two keepers for the remainder of the half.

With the half time whistle approaching that man Crawford made it two nil with an exquisite half volley which must be a contender for goal of the season.

Ballinamallard carried on where they had left off and gave the hard working Welders defece no respite.

With just over an hour gone Crawford was unlucky not to get his hat trick when his attempt hit the crossbar.

The ten men were having their work cut out for them as Ballinamallard stepped up the pressure and Stafford also hit the woodwork with a fine effort.

Never say die Welders refused to give up the fight and in the seventy fifth minute Paul Dickson reduced the arrears when he netted from twelve yards.

This gave the Welders a new lease of life and although the visitors were still dominating play, the odd foray forward from the home team raised hopes of an equaliser.

These hopes were dashed with five minutes left on the clock when Curran netted number three to seal the points for the visitors and edge them ever closer to the title.