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Why Ballinamallard have to snowball fight their way to survival, explains McConkey

Ballinamallard manager Harry McConkey.
Ballinamallard manager Harry McConkey.

By Gareth Cauldwell

Since taking over from Gavin Dykes four games ago with the Mallards seven points adrift, Harry McConkey has managed to drag Ballinamallard back into the survival battle and he is hoping to continue to build momentum over the last four games of the campaign.

“It is a very, very important result for us, there is no question about that. I told the boys in the changing room before we went out that they have got to get the snowball rolling and make it a bit bigger today and they have done that by getting the three points, which is wonderful.

“That’s the snowball, we don’t want it to melt, we want to keep it going as best we possibly can. We are looking forward to Dungannon coming here now,” said the Mallards chief.

McConkey was aware of the threat that the ‘Point posed for his side but was delighted with the performance as the home team recorded only their third league win of the season.

“I was very wary of Warrenpoint following the reports I got on them and the bits of clips I watched of them. They play a very expansive game and they are very good on the ball. We had to work on how we would nullify that and we worked hard on that during the week.

“We did it by making the pitch small at times and then being clever when we did get the ball and staying cool. I think we stretched them a lot but we just didn’t finish in the first half but we kept believing and in the second half we got our rewards,” he added.

Warrenpoint manager Stephen McDonnell, who saw Lorcan Forde hit the post at 0-0, suffered his third defeat in five games in charge.

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"We created a couple of chances in the second half but we probably weren’t ruthless enough,” he commented.

BALLINAMALLARD: Brush, McLaughlin, McKenna, Clarke, McGinty, Curran, Smyth, Noble (Hutchinson, 79 mins), Kerr, O’Flynn (Armstrong, 84 mins), Kee (Taheny 88 mins).

WARRENPOINT: Parr, Dane (Wallace, 66 mins), Hughes, Reilly, McGrandles, Moan, Foster (McKenna, 75 mins), TJ Murray (Watters 30 mins), Forde, Lynch, O’Sullivan.

Referee: Steven Gregg (Ballyclare)

Man of the match: Matthew Smyth

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