FERRY GRABS FOUR AS MALLARDS MAKE ANNAGH STUMBLE
Patrick Ferry bagged four goals as Ballinamallard United swept to a 5-2 victory over title hopefuls Annagh United at Ferney Park.
The 19-year-old opened the scoring after getting on the end of a quickly taken free-kick to knock the long ball past Eoin Hughes.
Annagh levelled just after the half-hour mark after Stephen Murray sent Rory Brown the wrong way from the spot but, within seven minutes, the Mallards were back in front with Ferry’s second of the afternoon after the visiting defence failed to clear.
John Edgar made it 3-1 on 51 minutes with a superb finish in off the far post before Ferry grabbed his hat-trick after capitalising on a slip to slot past Hughes.
To their credit Annagh kept battling and reduced the deficit with just over a quarter-of-an-hour remaining through Adam Carroll who lifted the ball over Brown after being teed up by Murray.
But they couldn’t find a way back, and Ferry made doubly sure right at the end with his fourth of the afternoon with a clinical finish on the break.
Ballinamallard United: Brown, McCann, Curry, Clarke, Arkinson, Banda, McIlwaine, Edgar, Morrow, Ferry, Tweed subs Hunter (not used), D. Byrne (replaced Banda 69), Moorehead (replaced Morrow 69), Warnock (not used), R. Byrne (replaced Edgar 73), Stafford (not used), McKinley (not used)
Annagh United: Hughes, McConville, Campbell, Harpur, Duffin, Murray, Carroll, Hunter, Rogers, Upton, Moffatt subs Cully (not used), McKinney (not used), Malone (replaced McConville 73), Taylor (not used), Devlin (not used)