Vs Cliftonville (8th Mar, Away, League)
Two champions inside three days. First up was Danske Bank Champions Cliftonville, followed by Airtricity Champions St Pats Ath on Monday evening.
The fixture was of great importance to both ends of the table, but it was the Reds who triumped with an emphatic 5-0 win.
Liam Boyce scored a first half hat trick within 9 miniutes before Joe Gormley and former Mallard Chris Curran added numbers 4 and 5 in the second half.
Team: Rouse, Keohane, Stafford, Feeney, Crilly, McManus, Hutchinson (Currie), C Beacom (Martin), McCartney, Crawford (Lecky), Campbell
Vs Glenavon (1st March, Home, Marie Curie Irish Cup R6)
MATCH SPONSOR: DAVID PRENTICE GROUP, PORTADOWN
A Guy Bates hat trick gave Glenavon victory at Ferney Park on Saturday in this re-arranged Round 6 Marie Curie Irish Cup game.
The bustling striker got his first on 10 minutes when he nodded in Andy McGrory's fine cross from the right.
Ballinamallard had two golden opportunities to score on 13 and 22 minutes when they carved out two identical chances.
Ryan Campbell worked his way in from the right flank to bring himself one on one with James McGrath and his first effort went narrowly wide of the left hand upright, whilst his second hit the upright and bounced across the goal line before being cleared.
Alvin Rouse produced a stunning double save on 31 minutes to prevent Glenavon extending their lead. McGrory cut in from the right flank and Rouse saved with his feet. The ball looped into the air and Bates powered a header at goal only for Rouse to miraculously tip the ball around the post.
Liam Martin and Richard Lecky both went close before the half time whistle.
Johnny Courtney was introduced at half time for Stuart Hutchinson but Glenavon extended their lead on 63 minutes. McGrory's back heel found Bates, and his deflected long range strike nestled in the bottom corner of the net.
David Kee headed off the top of the crossbar from a Cathal Beacom corner as the game came to a close, but Bates grabbed his hat trick on 90 minutes from the penalty spot, after he threw himself to the ground after turned Steve Feeney.
Half time draw as ticket no 7569 and is still unclaimed.
Team: Rouse, Crilly, Stafford, Feeney, McCartney, Martin, Kee, Hutchinson (Courtney), McManus (C Beacom), Martin, Campbell, Lecky (Crawford)
Vs St Pats Ath (24th February, Home, Setanta Sports Cup Quarter Final Leg 1)
MATCH SPONSORS: BEATTY FUELS, BALLINAMALLARD
Ballinamallard will travel to Dublin for the second leg after a narrow 1-0 defeat at home to the reigning Airtricty league champions St Pats Athletic.
St Pats were the better side in the first half, but the Mallards could count themselves unlucky not to draw the game after a much improved second half performance.
Despite having the majority of the first half possession, Chris Forrester's simple tap in on 21 minutes was the only goal of the half.
Goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin produced a good save to deny a Davy Kee header whilst Ballinamallard had a strong penalty shout turned down when substitute Andy Crawford was brought down in the box.
St Pats did have the ball in the net, again through Forrester with a fine strike, but the forward was adjudged offside.
Ballinamallard also had a goal ruled out for an apparent foul on the goalkeeper but the best chance fell to Crawford with 4 minutes remaining, but Gilmartin produced a fine save with his leg to deny the striker.
Winner of the half time draw was claimed by Gary Reid.
Team: McCusker, McCartney, Feeney, Stafford, Crilly, Kee, McManus (Currie), Hutchinson ( C Beacom), Martin, Campbell, Lecky (Crawford)
Vs Ards (21st February, Home, League)
A Jason McCartney penalty in the first half was enough to grant Ballinamallard a vital win at home to Ards.
The bottom two locked horns at Ferney Park, with the away side able to reduce the gap to 5 points with a win. As a result, Ballinamallard now have a gap of 11 points with 3 games until the league splits.
Both sides started the game at a slow pace, and it was Ross Arthurs who went closest first when his long range shot cannoned off the left upright.
The Mallards took the lead on 39 minutes however when after some neat play, Duwayne McManus was brought down in the penalty area.
McCartney (pictured right) sent Alan Blayney the wrong way from the spot for his sixth goal of the season.
The Mallards ended the half on a high, but couldn't find a second to kill the game off.
Neither team can add another goal in the second half with Ballinamallard perhaps having the better of the chances, however Mitchell and McClelland were quite the handfull for Stafford and Feeney.
Ards should have equalised on 94 minutes, but somehow Scott Davidson hit the side netting with the goal gaping.
Half time draw winner was Gary Reid with ticket no 8287
Team: Murphy, Crilly, Feeney, Stafford, McCartney, Martin, Kee, McManus, Hutchinson, Campbell (Courtney), Crawford (Lecky)
|Vs Glenavon (17th February, Home, Irish Cup R6)|
MATCH SPONSORS: DAVID PRENTICE BMW, PORTADOWN
Both teams will try again at Ferney Park on Saturday 1st March after this game was abandoned on 32 minutes due to the weather conditions.
Referee Mervyn Smyth made correct calls to start and abandon the game as player safety became an issue after heavy rain left the surface unplayable.
In the half hour played, the Mallards were the better side and should have taken the lead through Andy Crawford only for him to drag his shot narrowly wide. Brian McCaul missed a penalty for Glenavon when his spot kick struck the post in the only other notable action.
Team: McCusker, McCartney, Stafford, Feeney, Crilly, Campbell, Kee, McManus, Martin, Leckey, Crawford
Vs Crusaders (11th February, Home, League)
MATCH SPONSOR: ERIC MONTGOMERY, MONTY'S BAR, CASTLE DOUGLAS, SCOTLAND
Quality finishing was the difference between Ballinamallard and Crusaders on Tuesday evening in this re-arranged league game.
Despite having the better of the early chances, it was the away side that took the lead on 35 minutes when Timmy Adamson found the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the box.
Early in the second half and Crusaders extended their lead when Gary McCutcheon found space to fire past Alvin Rouse.
Mark Stafford had a header cleared off the line before he forced a Davy Kee corner over the line but despite some late pressure, the Mallards couldn't find an equaliser.
Indeed the best chance fell in injury time but Sean O'Neill deflected Ryan Campbell's shot wide.
Winner of the half time draw was Christie Bleakley with ticket no 8465.
Team: Rouse, Keohane, Stafford, Feeney, N Beacom, Kee, Currie (McManus), Courtney, C Beacom (McCartney), Campbell, Martin (Crawford)
|Vs Coleraine (4th February, Away, League)|
10 man Ballinamallard gained an excellent point in this re-arranged fixture on Tuesday evening.
The game was played in terrible conditions, and defender Craig Hill thought he had put the away side in the lead, only for the linesman to raise his flag.
On 36 minutes, Ryan Campbell gave the Mallards the breakthrough they were looking for when he slotted past Eugene Ferry, having been put through on goal by strike partner Liam Martin.
Things turned sour before half time however when Hill was shown a harsh second yellow card for hand ball by referee Ian McNabb, and to make things worse, Howard Beverland deflected the free kick into the net for the equaliser.
New signing Liam McMenamin made his debut in the second half for Johnny Courtney in a tactical reshuffle and the Mallards stood firm to take home a point.
Team: Rouse, Keohane, Hill, Stafford, N Beacom, Kee, Currie, Hutchinson (Crawford), Courtney (McMenamin), Campbell (Cashel), Martin
Liam McMenamin signs
Strabane Athletic Captain Liam McMenamin has become Ballinamallard's second signing in the January transfer window after that of Liam Martin.
The 24 year old was impressive during the recent Irish Cup games and can play at both centre back and right back. McMenamin was previously on the books of Sheffield Wednesday along with David Kee and also was part of the Northern Ireland squad during the Milk Cup in 2008.
Vs Strabane Ath (21st Jan, Home, Irish Cup R5 Replay)
Ryan Campbell's headed goal on 20 minutes was enough to see Ballinamallard into the Marie Curie Irish Cup Round 6, and to a home tie against Glenavon.
Ballinamallard had several chances in the first half to comfortably win the game with Campbell, Leckey and Kee all going close but failed to convert.
Credit must be given to Strabane who pushed the home side all the away and can be proud of their efforts over the two legs which contributed to a real battle of a cup tie.
Stuart Hutchinson was unlucky not to extend the lead in the second half when he hit the side netting after a well worked move, and the midfielder was also denied a stonewall penalty after he was pulled back by Graham.
Davy Kee hit the crossbar in the final few minutes as Ballinamallard secured their first victory in 9 games.
Team: Rouse, Keohane, Hill, Stafford, N Beacom, C Beacom (Crawford), Kee, Currie, Hutchinson, Campbell, Leckey (Sheridan)