Marc Griffin hit the post late in the second half (Picture: Tony Hendron/PressEye.com)

MCCONKEY OFF TO POSITIVE START AT MALLARDS

New Ballinamallard United boss Harry McConkey got his reign off to a promising start with a point away to third placed Glenavon.

Glenavon started brightly with first Andrew Mitchell and then Marc Griffin going close inside the first ten minutes.

The Mallards had a chance after a quarter-of-an-hour when Shane McGinty's effort was well saved by Johnny Tuffey after Jason McCartney had found him on the edge of the box.

Griffin had another chance for Glenavon on 30 minutes from an Eric Foley corner but the threat was well dealt with by Richard Brush.

After the break, a Joel Cooper cross from the left produced another effort for Griffin, a header, but this dropped agonisingly wide while, soon after at the other end, David Kee fired just over.

Eric Foley might have broken the deadlock on 69 minutes with a low curling free-kick but he was thwarted by the outstretched leg of the Mallards 'keeper.

United came close in quick succession when Tuffey got a hand to a Josh McIlwaine header before Bobby Burns blocked Stuart Hutchinson's follow up.

Then, for Glenavon, Griffin came within a whisker of sealing the win with a header against the post after Cooper had crossed following a good run.

Glenavon: Tuffey, Doyle, E. Foley, Daniels, Marshall, Mitchell, Griffin, Sykes, Marron, Cooper, Singleton subs Burns (replaced Marron 57), Clingan (replaced Foley 77), Norton (not used), Murray (replaced Mitchell 65), Lindsay (not used)

Ballinamallard United: Brush, Kerr, McLaughlin, McKenna, Smyth, Leddy, Kee, Curran, McGinty, McCartney, Hutchinson subs Taheny (replaced Leddy 75), Clarke (replaced Kee 81), Armstrong (not used), Mailey (not used), McIlwaine (replaced McCartney 59)

Referee: Ross Dunlop

Attendance: 491