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Ballinamallard stun Cliftonville on night of real drama


By Graham Luney

Danske Bank Premiership clubs went goal crazy last night as basement side Ballinamallard United conquered Cliftonville 6-4 at Ferney Park while Glenavon and Warrenpoint Town couldn't be separated in a 3-3 thriller at Mourneview Park.

The Fermanagh men had only netted 17 goals in 25 Premiership clashes but they shot down the Reds in style.

The Mallards are now only a point behind second from bottom Carrick Rangers, who have played three fewer games.

It was the first time United had scored five or more league goals at Ferney Park - the last time they hit five goals in the Premiership was in January 2013 against Coleraine.

Joe Gormley netted a brace for the visitors - clocking up his 100th league strike for the Reds - while Jay Donnelly and Ross Lavery also hit the target but the hosts hit them for six with goals from Ryan Curran (2), Sean Noble, Stephen O'Flynn, James McKenna and Jonathan Leddy. The last time there was a 6-4 scoreline in the Premiership was when Newry beat Dungannon Swifts in January 2008.

At Mourneview Park, Linfield-bound Joel Cooper scored one of the Glenavon goals with Andy Doyle and Stephen Murray also on target. But Warrenpoint netted a point through strikes from Lorcan Forde, Conor McMenamin and Alan Davidson.

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