Ryan Campbell (22)


Nathaniel Ferris (09)
Dale Malone (87)


(© Ballinamallard United/Mervyn Smyth)


Ballinamallard United's title ambitions suffered a blow with a home defeat to third placed Loughgall.

The Mallards trail leaders Portadown by six points and whilst it was an important win for the Villagers they are still a further seven points behind Harry McConkey's side.

Nathaniel Ferris opened the scoring for Loughgall after nine minutes when he met the ball at the near post to divert a header past John Connolly.

Ballinamallard levelled midway through the first half, however, when leading scorer Ryan Campbell knocked a left-foot finish beyond Fintan Coney.

Ferris threatened for Loughgall just after the half-hour mark but Connolly did well to block the danger while United came closest to edging into the lead in the second half through a goalmouth scramble although they couldn't quite force the ball over the line.

Nathan Cashel then had a chance with a header from a Callum Moorehead but, with just three minutes to go, it was Loughgall that secured the points when substitute Dale Malone knocked home a superbly executed free-kick.

Ballinamallard United: Connolly, McCann, Smyth, Clarke, Campbell, McCartney, Kelly, Edgar, O'Reilly, Morris, Moorehead subs McManus (not used), McIlwaine (replaced McCann 90+1), McFrederick (not used), Warrington (not used), Cashel (replaced Edgar 68)

Loughgall: Coney, Kerr, Scott, Brennan, Lyttle, Ferguson, McCullough, Ferris, Gibson, Campbell, Hoey subs Malone (replaced Hoey 70), Soares (replaced Ferris 90+4), Rea (not used), Copeland (not used), Neill (not used)

Referee: Ken Gibbons