Shane McGinty opened the scoring for the Mallards (Picture: Lorcan Doherty/PressEye.com)
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
Ballinamallard United climbed off the bottom of the table for the first time since early September with this Ferney Park defeat of fellow strugglers Carrick Rangers.
The win for Harry McConkey's side sees them leapfrog Rangers going into the final two games of the campaign with a two point advantage to their credit.
The sides traded chances during the first half, albeit without really looking like beating either 'keeper apart from a Shane McGinty effort on 32 minutes which just past the left post from around 25 yards.
And it was McGinty who did break the deadlock in the Mallards favour with six minutes of the first half remaining with a stunning finish from distance which whistled past the helpless Harry Doherty.
Sean Noble made it 2-0 to Ballinamallard eight minutes after the interval with a finish from an acute angle following a mix up in the visiting defence.
But Carrick fought back to reduce the arrears just after the hour through Darren Henderson when he collected a deflection to slide the ball beneath Richard Brush.
Henderson then almost levelled inside the closing quarter-of-an-hour when he had the ball in the net only for it to be ruled out after Michael Smith had strayed offside.
Ballinamallard United: Brush, McLaughlin, Taheny, McKenna, R. Clarke, McGinty, Curran, Leddy, Smyth, Noble, O'Flynn subs McCartney (replaced Lecky 79), McIlwaine (replaced O'Flynn 87), Armstrong (not used), McCann (not used), H. Clarke (not used)
Carrick Rangers: Doherty, Smyth, Mooney, McNally, Chapman, McAllister, Henderson, McNulty, Edgar, Kottoy, Taggart subs Larmour (not used), J. Smith (not used), M. Smith (replaced McAllister 58), Morrow, Hassin (replaced Taggart 67)
Referee: Keith Kennedy
|James McKenna||90 +3|
|Michael Smith||90 +3||58|