Ballinamallard 1-0 Glentoran
Ballinamallard bounced back from defeat last weekend to claim a third home win in a row. In an action packed game at Ferney Park, which was full of contraversy, Adam Lecky scored the vital goal to secure victory.
Glentoran goalkeeper Aaron Hogg was shown a straight red card early on, for his challenge on Jason McCartney, but that was despite Jake Dykes tapping the ball into the net.
Elliott Morris, who failed a pre-match fitness test, took the best part of 10 minutes to get ready and that was enough to spook Jason McCartney who seen his penalty saved.
Referee Keith Kennedy showed a further 2 red cards before half time after a minor tangle between Johnny Lafferty and Stephen Gordon, much to the disbelief of those watching.
After a slow and stop start 45 minutes, the scores were level at half time.
The home side then took the lead shortly after the break. James McKenna slid in Lecky, and just when he looked to be running out of space, he found the net from an acute angle.
Stephen O'Flynn almost doubled the host advantage but his free kick hit the base of the post, and despite Ballinamallard seeming comfortable in possession, it was an uncomfortable end to the game as Glentoran piled on late pressure. The closest they came however was a header that was well saved by Stefan McCusker in the Ballinamallard goal.
Elsewhere, the seconds lost 5-1 having gone ahead a half time through Andy Little, whilst the Thirds exited the league cup to Dundela, losing 3-1 AET.