Ballinamallard relegated despite final day win at Glentoran
Ballinamallard United have been relegated from the Premiership despite a final 3-1 day win over Glentoran.
The Mallards went into the final day behind Carrick Rangers only on goal difference and that's where they stayed as the Gers edged to a 3-2 win over Warrenpoint Town to seal their spot in the promotion / relegation play-off against Newry.
Ballinamallard's six year stay in the top tier comes to an end in cruel fashion while Carrick will take on Newry for a place in the Premiership. The first leg will be played at Newry on May 4 with the second leg at Carrick on May 9.
Warrenpoint Town 2-3 Carrick Rangers
Carrick sealed their spot in the play-off by making it two wins in a row to end the season.
Carrick were 2-0 up midway through the first half as Darren Henderson first teed up Eamon McAllister to open the scoring from close range and then the provider turned scorer, finishing from eight yards.
Michael Smith made it three from Ralph Kottoy's cross shortly before Alan O'Sullivan gave Point hope, charging down Patrick McNally's cross and forcing the ball to cannon into the net.
Danny Wallace went on to make the visitors sweat with a few minutes remaining but Rangers held on to avoid the automatic drop.
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Glentoran 1-3 Ballinamallard United
Just as Carrick were slamming in their second goal at Milltown, Sean Noble headed the Mallards into the lead at the Oval.
Noble went on to double the scores before Joshua McIlwaine sealed the points despite Calum Birney's late strike on a bizarrely heartbreaking afternoon for his victorious side.
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