Ryan Campbell (77)
Ryan O'Reilly (88)

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Ryan O'Reilly doubled Ballinamallard's lead (©INPHO/Brian Little)

MALLARDS PICK UP MUCH NEEDED WIN

Ballinamallard United collected their first league win since the opening day of the season with a two-goal defeat of HW Welders at Ferney Park.

The visitors shaded the first half proceedings although the Mallards had the best chance, with Ryan Brown denying Richard Clarke from six yards when a goal seemed inevitable.

Darragh McBrien and David Graham both had chances for each side whilst the Welders had penalty claims turned away when Ryan O'Reilly was accused of blocking a shot with his hands.

After the interval Graham hit the post on for the Welders, pouncing on a loose ball in the penalty area, but that was the closest they would come to scoring.

The opening goal of the game arrived on 77 minutes when Ryan Campbell took the ball to feet, held off his marker, turned and shot low past Brown to put the Mallards ahead.

The home side were unlucky not to score again on 82 when they took a quick free kick and Nathan Cashel hit the post from an acute angle, before the second goal did arrive on 89. Defender O'Reilly showed great technique to volley in from 25 yards to seal a much needed victory for Harry McConkey's men.

Ballinamallard United: Connolly, Taheny, Smyth, Clarke, Campbell, McCartney, McIlwaine, Edgar, McCann, O'Reilly, McBrien subs Arkinson (replaced McBrien 90+1), McManus (not used), Kelly (not used), Glynn (replaced McIlwaine 84), Cashel (replaced Edgar 65)

HW Welders: Brown, Hamill, Armstrong, McMillan, Spence, Morrow, O'Mahony, Harris, Graham, Gwiazda, Deans subs Arthurs (replaced Gwiazda 71), Davidson (replaced O'Mahony 63), McIlmail (replaced Hamill 80), Irwin (not used), Dornan (not used)

Referee: Barry Monaghan