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Joe the goal: Coleraine’s Joe McCready celebrates strike that sealed win over Mallards

Joe the goal: Coleraine’s Joe McCready celebrates strike that sealed win over Mallards

Joe the goal: Coleraine’s Joe McCready celebrates strike that sealed win over Mallards

Coleraine last night extended their lead at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership to eight points as they overcame a dogged Ballinamallard United at the Showgrounds.

An own goal from Mallards Colm McLoughlin, added to Joe McCready's strike earned Oran Kearney's men all three points.

Matthew Smyth pulled a late goal back for the Mallards, but Coleraine held on ahead of the top-two clash against Glenavon at Mourneview Park on Saturday.

Relieved Coleraine manager Oran Kearney said: "People write off teams like Ballinamallard due to their league position, but we knew it would be tricky.

"I probably spent more time preparing for this game as I have for the last three.

"Every three points is massive and it is great to get the result."

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