FERNEY Park hosted the game of the season thus far and in all probability witnessed the goal of the season as the Ducks took flight in this 10-goal thriller last night.
Deep in stoppage-time Reds keeper Brian Neeson strayed from his goal to clear the ball upfield. The clearance was controlled by Jonny Leddy before the late substitute for Stephen O’Flynn struck his left foot perfectly through the ball to arrow it back in over the head of the retreating visiting keeper from all of 40 yards.
It was only then that the Mallards were assured of their second league win of the season and first victory since defeating Carrick Rangers back in October.
The six-hit, a first ever at Ferney Park since the Ducks joined the Premiership, means that the Mallards are now just one point behind second bottom Carrick.
Against the Reds they started like a house on fire. Ryan Curran controlled and volleyed home a Sean Noble cross for 1-0 before O’Flynn sent Noble in for goal number two.
Jay Donnelly pulled one back for the visitors however O’Flynn had restored the two-goal cushion by the interval with a quality finish after he had been picked out by Stuart Hutchinson.
At this point the Ferney faithful were pinching themselves, even more so when Curran netted a second from the penalty spot after Gary Breen had chopped down Noble.
Ballinamallard victories though are rarely straightforward and when Ross Lavery and Joe Gormley netted in the space of four minutes the game was back in the melting point.
James McKenna and Gormley again, with his 100th league goal, made it 5-4 before that man Leddy provided the coup de grace to what had been an incredible night.
FULL REPORT AND REACTION IN MONDAY’S TYRONE HERALD