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Armstrong's late winner for Swifts breaks Mallards hearts

Ballinamallard United 0 Dungannon Swifts 1

By Gareth Cauldwell

David Armstrong's 80th minute header was enough to secure Dungannon Swifts the points against bottom side Ballinamallard United.

In a game of few chances, the centre-half popped up with Swifts' first goal in five games to leave the Mallards rooted to the foot of the table, five points adrift of Carrick Rangers.

"I thought we were as good as we have been for a long time," said Swifts boss Rodney McAree. "I felt the game had a real derby edge to it, and it was important that we kept a clean sheet, that was first and foremost, but we felt that if we persevered and kept doing what we were doing then something would drop for us in the box and thankfully it did."

Mallards boss Gavin Dykes felt his side's efforts deserved more.

"There wasn't a lot in the game but we got done with a goal, their centre half goes up the pitch and he arrives in the box with nobody near him and he scores," he reflected.

"I'm gutted for the players, but we have to push on and stay positive. I couldn't have asked any more from them."

The goal arrived when Ryan Harpur's cross from the left was nodded back across goal by Peter McMahon and Armstrong (left) was there to steer his header beyond Richard Brush.

Ballinamallard: Brush, Britton, Smyth, McKenna, McLaughlin, Taheny, O'Reilly, Burns (Leddy, 86 mins), Martyn (McCartney, 70 mins), Armstrong, Curran.

Dungannon: Coleman, Hegarty, Armstrong, Mayse, Harpur, Teggart (O'Rourke, 74mins), Lowe, Clucas (McElroy, 44 mins), Burke (McMahon, 75 mins), Hutchinson, Lafferty.

Referee: Lee Tavinder (Dungannon)

Man of the match: David Armstrong

Match rating: 5/10

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