BBC Sport - Ballymena secure top-six with victory over Ballinamallard

Ballymena secure top-six by beating Ballinamallard

Ballymena United, fresh from their League Cup success, returned to Irish Premiership action with a 2-1 over Ballinamallard United at Ferney Park.

A spectacular strike from Shane McGinty opened the scoring for the hosts but Johnny McMurray equalised with a low drive shortly after.

Conor McCloskey put the Sky Blues ahead after a mix-up in the Mallards defence, while Richard Brush saved a late penalty from Ballymena striker Cathair Friel.

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