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Ballinamallard leave Swifts grounded by late, late leveller

Dungannon Swifts 2 Ballinamallard Utd 2

By Adrian Rutherford

A 91st minute equaliser saw Ballinamallard hit back for a point and leave Dungannon frustrated. The Fermanagh men were trailing 2-1 heading into stoppage time at Stangmore Park. But Niall Owens' cool finish saw them nab a draw.

Dungannon had scored inside two minutes but never really pressed home that advantage.

Adam Lecky levelled from the penalty spot in the second half.

An eventful night for the Mallards striker ended on a sour note when he was red-carded shortly after Douglas Wilson had put the Swifts 2-1 ahead.

But Owens' stoppage time goal ensured it was all square.

Jamie Glackin's early header gave the home side a dream start. His goal after 90 seconds followed a cross from the left.

Five minutes after the restart Swifts' Paul McElroy won a penalty after being fouled by Colm McLaughlin.

Andrew Mitchell stepped up but keeper Cameron Crawford made a terrific block.

The visitors capitalised on that let-off by levelling in the 67th minute from a penalty of their own. Chris Hegarty fouled Lecky as he tried to meet Shane McGinty's cross.

Lecky scored the spot kick before the teams exchanged those late goals.

Dungannon Swifts: Coleman, Armstrong, Hegarty, Wilson, O'Rourke, Harpur, Glackin, Teggart (Lockhart, 83), McMahon (Burke, 71), McElroy (Lavery, 71), Mitchell. Subs not used: Addis, Lowe

Ballinamallard Utd: Crawford, McLaughlin, McGinty, McKenna (McMenamin, 42), McCartney, McCabe, McConnell, Lecky, Mayse, Lafferty, McIlwaine (Owens, 62). Subs not used: McGrath, Frempong, Elliott

Man of match: Ryan Mayse

Referee: Keith Kennedy (Lisburn)

Match rating: 8/10

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