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Ballinamallard relegation fears deepen after Dungannon Swifts hit late double salvo

Dungannon Swifts 4-2 Ballinamallard United

By Adrian Rutherford

Ballinamallard slipped to a late 4-2 defeat at Stangmore Park which leaves them bang in trouble going into the final 10 days of the season.

In a dramatic game, they conceded twice in the final three minutes. The Mallards looked on course for a point when Adam Lecky headed them level in the 84th minute, but Dungannon hit two late goals to retake seventh spot.

The Fermanagh side started strongly, going ahead after 18 minutes. Ryan Campbell exchanged passes with John Currie but saw his first shot blocked.

Fortunately for the Mallards ace, the ball fell kindly and he made no mistake this time.

Dungannon improved in the second-half, almost scrambling an equaliser when Matt Hazley just failed to turn home a cross. But the visitors failed to heed the warning and the Swifts levelled in the 63rd minute.

The Mallards couldn't clear the ball after a goalmouth scramble, and Ally Teggart's header looped over Stefan McCusker.

And it got even better for the home side when they went in front in the 70th minute. Cormac Burke had only been on the pitch for three minutes when he netted with a low drive.

Lecky levelled when he headed home a corner from Cathal Beacom, but Dungannon snatched the points with two late efforts.

First Burke put them back in front, firing home after Andrew Mitchell's shot had been blocked.

And Gary Liggett made sure of the win in stoppage time, netting with a close-range finish.

DGN SWIFTS: Coleman, Burns, Hegarty, Armstrong, O'Rourke, Wilson (Mitchell, 76), Fitzpatrick (Burke, 67), Hazley (Lowe, 67), Glackin, Teggart, Liggett

Subs not used: Addis, McCaffrey

BALLINAMALLARD: McCusker, Morris, Friars, Dykes, Elliott (Beacom, 65), McKenna (Mayse, 79), Lecky, Currie, McCartney, Campbell, Lafferty (O'Flynn, 69)

Subs not used: McMenamin, Falconer

Referee: Keith Kennedy (Lisburn)

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