Ballinamallard's Adam Lecky counts the cost as he misses chance of Glentoran glory
Glentoran 1-1 Ballinamallard United
Big Adam Lecky admits he'll have nightmares over the chance he missed to nail Glentoran at the Oval on Saturday.
The big 24-year-old, who was the game's outstanding performer, had already demonstrated his predatory instincts by blasting plucky Ballinamallard United into a first half lead.
But when he was sent racing through a static home defence by a delicious pass from the impressive Ryan Mayse after the restart, the giant striker fluffed his lines.
Inevitably, United paid the ultimate price as Ciaran Caldwell shot the ailing Glens level minutes later.
"I probably had too much time," said Lecky, who joined the Mallards from neighbours Dergview last season. "I hadn't as much time for the one I scored. I just got my head up and banged it.
"But for the second chance, I could see Elliott (Morris) was standing up. I gave him the eyes to try and make him go down, but I ended up blasting it over the crossbar.
"I've been scoring goals and my confidence is high - I've hit six in the league so far. It was a good strike to get us off the mark, but I'll have a few nightmares about the one I missed.
"It would have put us into a commanding position, two goals up. It would have made it difficult for Glentoran to come back."
Following a dodgy start to the Danske Premiership campaign, Ballinamallard are gradually pulling away from the bottom three. Lecky reckons there are better days ahead.
"Yes, we had a poor start to the campaign, but that was down the fact that we didn't finish last season until July as the relegation play-off game with Institute was delayed for so long. That had an affect on us . . . it took its toll in the first month.
"We've started to put a few points on the board, so I don't see any reason why we can't push on. I think a top six place is a realistic goal for us.
"Outside of the Linfield, Crusaders and Glenavon, there is not a lot separating the rest of the teams."
For new Glens boss Gary Haveron, it's back to the drawing board. "This was a game we needed to win," he said. "Our problem is we are conceding too many soft goals . . . teams don't have to work to score against us.
"But the overall performance was flat. We never reached the same level, in terms of passion and spirit, we had against Linfield the previous week.
"We huffed and puffed with ever achieving anything."
GLENTORAN: Morris, Magee, Caldwell, Allen, Lavery, Foley, Harmon, Addis, Gordon (Smith 65), Redman, Ferrin.
Unused subs: Novo, McAuley, Nelson, Leu.
BALLINAMALLARD: McGrath, McMenamin, Taheny, McCabe (McCartney 54), McGinty (Norris 78), McKenna, Lafferty, McConnell, Lecky, Mayse, Elliott (Owens 72).
Unused subs: Armstrong, McElwaine.
Referee: L Tavinder (Dungannon)
Man of the match: Adam Lecky
Match rating: 6/10