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Mallards turn on the style to pour misery on Point

Ballinamallard United 3-0 Warrepoint Town

By Gareth McCullough

Published 31/10/2015

Big hit: Michael McCrudden scores the opener
Big hit: Michael McCrudden scores the opener

Ballinamallard produced a dominant second half display as goals after the break from Michael McCrudden, Liam Martin and Ryan Campbell fired Whitey Anderson's in-form side up to eighth place in the table with victory over bottom club Warrenpoint Town at Ferney Park last night.

A strong breeze was a factor in the contest with the visitors shading matters in the first half before Ballinamallard took control after the break, scoring three times as they eventually ran out comfortable winners.

Both teams were busy in the opening period but in terms of attacking intent it was Warrenpoint who offered the most of whatever threat there was in the first 45 minutes.

The Hughes brothers, Daniel and Stephen, linked up in the 15th minute to tee up Liam Bagnall but his curling effort flew wide of Alvin Rouse's right hand post.

Barry Gray's side were well organised defensively and while the Mallards probed and prodded, they could not carve open anything of note in the first half.

The Mallards though started the second half on the front foot and they went on to dictate the game.

Campbell blasted over when well placed before McCrudden swooped to give the home side the lead in the 54th minute. The lively Martin saw his shot turned around the post by 'Point keeper Aaron Shanahan and from Jason McCartney's resultant corner, Adam Lecky flicked on for Johnny Lafferty to shoot with McCrudden forcing the ball home from close range.

The second goal arrived 18 minutes from time with Martin grabbing his third goal in two games.

A diagonal ball was knocked down by Emmet Friars and Martin raced in from the right hand side to lash the ball into the roof of the net.

The Mallards wrapped up the points in the last minute when Campbell calmly slotted home.

Ballinamallard Utd: Rouse, McMenamin, McLaughlin, Feeney, Martin, Lafferty (Currie 75), McCartney, Lecky, McCrudden (Klobusek 83), Campbell, Friars

Warrenpoint Town: Shanahan, Murphy (Kierans 77), McDonald, D Hughes, S Hughes, McCabe (Murray (83), Dane, Bagnall, M Hughes, Moan (McVeigh 51), Boyle.

Referee: Peter McGrath

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