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Davidson strikes late to crank up the pressure on winless Mallards

By Steven Beacom

Alan Davidson was the hero in a frantic finish at Milltown as Warrenpoint Town claimed victory over Ballinamallard in an important basement battle.

The decisive goal came on 87 minutes after a scramble in the box and with visiting goalkeeper Richard Brush and his defence all over the place, Davidson smashed the ball home from inside the area.

Davidson's late strike gave Warrenpoint their second win in the Danske Bank Premiership and moved them third bottom in the table, six points clear of Ballinamallard who are now being cut adrift having failed to record a victory this season.

Last night's result increased the pressure on Ferney Park boss Gavin Dykes, who thought his side had earned a point after Shane McGinty hit an 83rd-minute equaliser to cancel out Darren Murray's first-half effort.

Town should have taken the lead in the first minute when Stephen Murray raced clear but he made it too easy for Brush to save.

As the half progressed the visitors grew in confidence with McGinty causing the Town defence problems, but just as the Fermanagh men began to up the ante, they were hit with a sucker punch on 37 minutes. Sean Mackle's clever pass found Stephen Murray and his cross was slotted home by Darren Murray.

Town paid for several missed chances when McGinty scored what Ballinamallard thought was a match-saving leveller, but Davidson was to have the final word.

Warrenpoint Town: Turker, Moan, Mackle, McMenamin, D Murray, S Murray, Lynch, Davidson, TJ Murray, Wallace, McGrandles. Subs: M Murray for Lynch 85, Subs not used: Blayney, Lyttle, M Murray, Roohi, Forde.

Ballinamallard: Brush, McConnell, McLoughlin, Smyth, Taheny, Clarke, Hutchinson, Leddy, Curran, McGinty, McCartney. Subs: Armstrong for McConnell 57, McIlwaine for Clarke 73, Brennan for Hutchinson 82. Subs unused: Burns, McCann.

Referee: Raymond Hetherington (Dungannon).

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