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Woodwork denies Ballymena all three points against Institute

Andy McGrory
Andy McGrory

By Billy Weir

David Jeffrey cursed his side’s luck as the woodwork denied them three points against Institute but admitted that Ballymena United had faced a terrific tussle for a share of the spoils.

The basement battlers bossed the opening period at the Showgrounds and were hard done by that all they had to show for their efforts was Joe McCready’s coolly taken penalty after 20 minutes.

Ross Glendinning was to deny them with a series of stunning saves, including one right at the end of the game from McCready.

By that stage, the teams were level thanks to another spot kick, Andy McGrory hammering home after goalkeeper Rory Brown hauled down Adam Lecky five minutes after the restart.

The Sky Blues went on to dominate, forcing a number of good chances, while Shane McGinty almost broke the crossbar with a wonderful volley but that would have been harsh on the visitors.

“I’ve got to say in the first-half, overall, Institute were better than us, I can’t argue with that, statistics and simple analysis will tell you that,” said Jeffrey.

“So we asked the players to respond and, in the second-half, they did and they dominated as much as the Institute players did in the first-half.

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“We got ourselves deservedly back in the game and created several opportunities and I suppose it was all up when Shane McGinty’s shot came back off the bar and we should have had a penalty because there was a clear push on Andy McGrory.

“I keep saying ‘thin lines, fine margins’ and I also said that every single game you play everyone is battling and fighting for their lives, so we wished we had three points but we got one.”

Opposite number Sean Connor felt his side could have gone on to win after withstanding the United onslaught.

“I think for the last 15 minutes, we were the better team again but Ballymena were very good which we expected because they’re a good side and I knew they would come back at us but I’m disappointed we conceded a soft goal,” he said.

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