WHITEY Anderson, the former Ballinamallard United manager, was famed for saying that “goals win games” but Tuesday evening’s derby victory for Dergview over the Ducks was more of a case for the defence.
Dergview’s rearguard, missing the towering figure of Lee McNulty who had been struck down by a flu virus, defended as if their lives depended on it, especially when coming under increasing pressure in the second half with goalkeeper Ruairi McElroy pulling off two outstanding saves to deny visiting danger man Sean McEvoy.
At the other end the Mallards defence at the set piece was of the schoolboy variety. Paul Smith scored in off the back post direct from a corner on 18 minutes and just six minutes into the second period Matty Buchanan, who epitomised Dergview’s will to win, got on the end of another Smith flag kick to double the advantage.
In fact, Dergview had the ball in the net a third time but Matty Callaghan’s close-range header was ruled out for offside.
And, of course, no derby encounter between these great rivals would be complete without a couple of penalty claims.
The travelling faithful felt Ryan Campbell had been pushed in the back by Dergview centre-back Dale Maxwell in the first half and late in the second period the BAWA were up in arms when the back-tracking John Currie stuck out a sneaky hand to cut out Marc McConnell’s low cross as the home side broke menacingly on the counter attack. On both occasions Irvinestown whistler Barry Monaghan was unmoved.
FULL REPORT AND REACTION IN THURSDAY’S ULSTER HERALD