Ballinamallard 1 - 0 Ards: Mallards enjoy timely boost
David Kee's 69th minute goal secured all three points against Ards as Ballinamallard United moved up to eighth spot in the Danske Bank Premiership.
It always looked as if one goal would win the game and so it proved. The hosts were awarded a penalty after Ards defender Andy Hunter was adjudged to have handled the ball and, although goalkeeper Graham McKibbin saved Kee's spot kick, the midfielder was first to the rebound.
For Mallards boss Whitey Anderson, after three successive defeats, the victory was a timely boost ahead of away games against Linfield and Cliftonville.
"It was all about getting the three points today, nothing more," he said.
"We were terrible in the first half, there was no intensity about our play. Lets just say there was a few things said in the changing room at half time. But I thought in the second half we were excellent and we should have won the game by more. But once again we got into the last third and we were not making the right choices and not pulling the trigger."
Ards boss Niall Currie was disappointed with the awarding of the penalty by referee Colin Burns.
"I thought it was harsh," he said. "I don't know what players are meant to do. If you raise your hands it is supposedly a penalty but when they have their hands down by their side and the guy's a yard away from him! I don't think too many people felt that was hand to ball.
"Over the course of the 90 minutes, a draw would have been fair."
BALLINAMALLARD: Rouse, McConkey (Campbell), Keohane, Stafford, Kee, Cashel (Currie), Hutchinson, Leckey, Crawford, Feeney, McManus (C Beacom).
ARDS: McKibbin, Gordon, Armstrong, Hunter, McCullough, Henderson, Gibson (P McDowell), Davidson (Roy), Faulkner, Mitchell (McClelland), Dougan.
Referee: Colin Burns (Newtownabbey)