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Ballinamallard United 2 Portadown 0

Ballinamallard United’s victory over Portadown left manager Whitey Anderson delighted with the response of his players since the back-to-back defeats to Crusaders and Glentoran.

Last week, the Mallards snatched all three points away to league leaders Cliftonville with a late, late Jason McCartney goal and two second half strikes from Ryan Campbell and Chris Curran gave them victory over the Ports on Saturday.

“The players have come back from those two losses with two wins and two clean sheets,” said Anderson.

“They have worked really hard in training and they are getting their rewards for that.”

Saturday's win was also the first at home in the league this season which was something else that pleased the boss.

“It's good to get that monkey off our backs,” he added. “The first half was not a great encounter but I thought we upped it after half time and we created, and took, the two best chances of the game.”

The first half was a scrappy affair although Portadown will feel that they should have been awarded a penalty after Ryan Burns went down under a challenge from Mark Stafford.

And the contest had a goalless draw written all over it until substitute Campbell struck for the opener in the 71st minute, firing home after Portadown goalkeeper David Miskelly could only parry out McCartney's low cross.

The home side then made sure of the win two minutes later when Curran raced through on the right before driving a fierce shot into the corner of the net.

Belfast Telegraph