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Ballinamallard 1 - Dungannon Sw 0

By Gareth Cauldwell

Whitey Anderson has urged his players to back up Saturday's win over Dungannon Swifts by securing the points at home to basement club Institute tomorrow night.

Cathal Beacom's sublime free-kick eight minutes from time clinched an important victory for the Mallards as they maintained a four-point cushion over second-from-bottom Warrenpoint Town, while it also brought them level on points with Dungannon and keeps the Swifts involved in the battle at the foot of the table.

"It's important that we've pulled Dungannon right into it," said Anderson.

"If they had won today they were probably safe but they have Coleraine on Tuesday night and Warrenpoint next Saturday so it means that Warrenpoint won't be going to Dungannon to play a team that are playing for nothing.

"We now have to go on and win on Tuesday as there's no point in us winning here and not winning on Tuesday."

The Mallards boss says Saturday's contest was the type of game that was going to require something special to win - and that's what he got from Beacom.

"I said to the players before the game that it could be tight and it could take one player to produce a piece of magic," he added.

"What a free kick from Cathal Beacom. I'm delighted for him."

Swifts manager Darren Murphy knows his side are not safe from the drop just yet, explaining: "I've been involved in the league this last 20 years and I have said that this year was going to be the most difficult to stay in it.

"We have three games at Stangmore and one away at Ballymena and I've always said that if you don't win your home games you don't expect anyone to do you any favours."

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