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Kearney is thrilled as his boys dig deep

Ballinamallard United 1-2 Coleraine

By Gareth Cauldwell

Given that he was down to the bare bones in terms of available players, Coleraine manager Oran Kearney was simply delighted to come away from Ferney Park with the win on Saturday.

Jamie McGonigle found the net either side of half time for Coleraine and although Ballinamallard pulled a goal back through Ross Taheny, the Bannsiders were able to see the game out to clinch the win and move above Balllymena into fourth place in the table.

"I'm delighted with the win because I think it has been well documented this week that we had four players out suspended and another three out injured and unavailable," said Kearney.

Kearney knew there was a chance that they would move into the top four with a win but he says that the focus was simply on getting the points against an in form Mallards outfit.

"I felt with the top four all playing each other it was important that we looked after what we could control and it was nice to get the three points," he added. "It was a tough game. Ballinamallard are in the form of the season from their point of view, so we knew it was going to be harder coming here than at any other time of the season, so as I say I'm just pleased to get the win," he added. McGonigle appears to enjoy playing at Ferney Park, having bagged two in his side's last visit to Fermanagh and Kearney feels that there is more to come from his attacker.

"He can be frustrating at times. He's a young lad, he's full of enthusiasm and at times on a different wavelength to some of the other players.

"But the one thing about Jamie is when he gets into those areas he is an instinctive finisher," he said.

Ballinamallard manager Gavin Dykes felt his side looked tired after a hectic run of games.

"We've played a lot of football and it has been basically the same team and we are trying to look after fellas with knocks," he said. "Now we have a chance to try and get lads rested as we have a week to our next game.

"I thought we were flat, we were second to every ball and we were tired. When we went two goals down we changed it and maybe we could have got something out of it but the goalkeeper made a great save and we just have to move on."

Ballinamallard: Brush, Morris, Elliott (Owens, 56 mins), McLaughlin (Taheny, 44 mins), McCabe, McGinty, McCartney, McKenna, McIlwaine, Mayse, Lafferty (Curran, 56 mins).

Coleraine: Johns, Kane, Harkin, Ogilby, McCauley, Kee, McConaghie, Lyons, Parkhill, McGonigle (McCaughan, 67mins).

Referee: Raymond Hetherington (Dungannon)

Man of the match: Jamie McGonigle

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