Vs Crusaders (26th October, Home, League)
If you don’t take your chances you don’t win games is the old saying and it’s true.
Ballinamallard under-18s created enough chances to win two games on Saturday, but went down by three goals to one to Crusaders Colts.
Terrible defending didn’t help as the home side went behind as early as the fourth minute. A mix up at the back saw three players fail to clear before Crusaders opened the scoring.
Two minutes later striker Jamie Lee Fawcett struck the post with a good shot before Gareth Carruthers headed just wide from a Jake Smith free kick.
On 35 minutes Ballinamallard found themselves two behind, again from slack defending which allowed the Crusaders striker in to score.
Three minutes later it was three when their striker hit home from an acute angle.
Three minutes into the second half Ballinamallard pulled one back when centre half Lee McNulty poked home from a corner.
For the rest of the half Ballinamallard created chance after chance, but good defending and bad finishing resulted in them not adding to their score.
Manager Ray Sanderson felt his boys had a bad day.
“We really didn’t play, although we did create an abundance of chances. We must learn to be clinical when we get into those areas. Now we must gather ourselves for the Irish Youth Cup on Saturday.”