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Mallards seal vital victory to cast Point adrift

By Gareth Cauldwell

Whitey Anderson's Ballinamallard United side bounced back from Saturday's defeat to Ballymena with a 3-1 win over bottom of the table Warrenpoint at Ferney Park, a result which puts the Mallards 10 points clear of last night's opposition.

And with Dungannon beating Glenavon in last night's other game, it was a bad night all round for Barry Gray's side who are now six points adrift at the foot of the table.

The Mallards led at the break thanks to Liam Martin's deflected effort and they doubled that just after the hour mark when John Currie slotted home.

The visitors were given hope when Daniel Hughes pulled a goal back in the 71st minute but Ryan Campbell ensured the home side would pick up maximum points with a goal 13 minutes from time.

The Mallards enjoyed the greater possession in the early exchanges albeit without creating anything clear cut.

Ryan Campbell did have the ball in the net for the home side in the 15th minute but this was ruled out for offside.

The visitors, though, began to get a foothold in the game with front pair Daniel Hughes and Stephen Hughes giving the Mallards defence plenty of difficulties.

The duo combined in the 20th minute to provide Daniel Hughes with a good opportunity to give the away side the advantage but a superb last ditch block by Colm McLaughlin saved Anderson's outfit.

Stephen Hughes then latched on to a wayward clearance but his lobbed effort drifted over the bar much to the Mallards relief.

With 32 minutes on the clock though, the home side who swooped for the opening goal.

Captain Mark Stafford intercepted the ball deep in his own half and drove forward before releasing Liam Martin on the right Martin then fired in a shot that deflected off a defender, wrong footing goalkeeper Martin Harron and ending up in the net.

Warrenpoint continued to threaten as half time approached and Mark Hughes produced some trickery on the left to drill a cross into the box which was turned behind for a corner by Chris Crilly.

It took a good stop by McCusker to maintain the Mallards lead early in the second half as he pushed away a well struck effort from Stephen Hughes while from the resultant corner Dermot McVeigh headed over.

Stephen Hughes then got a shot away but this flew wide of the post. However, the Mallards broke down the other end to double their advantage.

The lively Martin raced through on goal and although his attempt came back off the post, Currie was there to drill home the rebound from 12 yards.

Warrenpoint were thrown a lifeline in the 71st minute when Daniel Hughes tucked the ball home after McCusker had spilled a long range shot.

But the hope was short lived as the Mallards wrapped up the points with 13 minutes to go as Martin and Currie linked up to set up Campbell who calmly stroked home.

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