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Ballinamallard still have work to do, says Shane McCabe after Warrenpoint win


Not finished: Shane McCabe knows Mallards aren't safe yet

Not finished: Shane McCabe knows Mallards aren't safe yet

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Not finished: Shane McCabe knows Mallards aren't safe yet

There was no hiding the importance of Saturday's three points for Ballinamallard United midfielder Shane McCabe as his side secured the win from their bottom of the table clash against Warrenpoint Town at Ferney Park.

McCabe gave the Mallards the lead with a cracking 25-yard drive three minutes into the second-half - his first goal of the season - and they made sure of the points in the 62nd minute when Ryan Campbell followed up Emmet Friars' header.

The win lifts the Mallards out of the bottom two into 10th, four points ahead of Warrenpoint and two in front of Carrick Rangers.

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"I was delighted to score but it was all about the three points," said McCabe. "Everybody knew that this was a must-win for us and we're just happy to get the three points."

Warrenpoint played the majority with 10 men after Stephen Hughes was sent off in the eighth minute by referee Andrew Davey for handling the ball on the line, although Jason McCartney missed the resulting penalty.

McCabe's strike put them ahead and although Ivan Sproule was also red carded, the Mallards were comfortable.

However, McCabe is aware there is still plenty more work to be done if the Mallards are to secure their place in the top-flight.

They travel to Stangmore Park to play Dungannon Swifts tomorrow night before away games against Ballymena and Carrick. He added: "We have three big matches coming up and while the win over Warrenpoint was vital, there is more to do. It's about heart and desire."

Warrenpoint are now two points adrift at the bottom but manager Barry Gray still has belief that his side can survive.

"I said it months ago that it looks like it's going to go to the last day and that's still that case," he said. "We have three massive games coming up and what do you do, you go out and try and win every one of them and hope that other things go in your favour. That's our target."

Belfast Telegraph