Glenn Ferguson relieved as Sky Blues strike it hot
Ballinamallard 0-1 Ballymena Utd
Ballymena United moved above Ballinamallard into eighth place in the table on Saturday as Allan Jenkins' 69th minute penalty separated the sides at Ferney Park.
The Sky Blues had the better of the exchanges in the first half although the hosts had the best opportunity that Steve Feeney failed to convert.
And the second half saw neither side create anything clear-cut before Jenkins stepped up to fire home from the spot after David Cushley was taken down in the box by Liam McMenamin.
Ballymena boss Glenn Ferguson was pleased to make the long journey home with full points.
"It's never easy coming down here," he said. "It's the furthest we have to travel so when you come down you want to put a performance on and take something up the road.
"I thought we played really well in the first half and got ourselves into good areas but our final ball let us down on a number of occasions which was disappointing.
"In the second half it wasn't as fluent but we got the break with the penalty and after missing three in a row it was a big relief to get somebody to step up and put it away."
This defeat was a second in a row for the Mallards but assistant manager John Quinn says they will be hoping to bounce back on Wednesday night when they take on Ards in the JBE League Cup quarter-final.
"That's two defeats now on the bounce after having a good run and we were hoping that we could build on our good October but the good thing about it is that we have the cup game to look forward to quite quickly and the players can get those defeats out of their system," he said.
BALLINAMALLARD: McCusker, McMenamin, McLaughlin, Feeney, McCabe (Lecky, 74 mins), Lafferty, McCartney, Currie (Klobusek, 81 mins), Beacom, Campbell (Courtney, 74 mins), Friars.
BALLYMENA: Nelson, Ervin, McVey, Rodger, Ruddy, Gawley (Henderson, 84 mins), T Kane, E Kane, Cushley (Millar, 78 mins), Magennis, (Taylor, 90 mins), Jenkins.
Man of the match: Shane McCabe
Match rating: 6/10
Referee: Ross Dunlop (Carrickfergus)