Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey on a high as his players keep clean sheet at Ferney Park

Ballinamallard's  Ryan Morris with Ballymena's  Cathair Friel
Ballinamallard's Ryan Morris with Ballymena's Cathair Friel
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Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey was a happy man after his side saw off Ballinamallard United 1-0 on Saturday thanks to a Tony Kane penalty.

It was the Sky Blues’ first win in the Danske Bank Premiership this season after a 6-0 defeat to Crusaders on the opening day and a 3-3 draw with Glenavon during the week.

United created plenty of chances against a Ballinamallard team who struggled to create anything of note themselves and Jeffrey admitted one thing made him a very happy man.

“I am overjoyed with the clean sheet. This time last week I said after 20-25 minutes against Crusaders to Bryan McLoughlin ‘we are doing really well here and we might even get a draw.’

“Then five minutes later I wanted half-time to come because we were 3-0 down and then 4-0 down at half-time before losing 6-0.

“But that experience was embarrassing for the players and very harsh.

“So coming down here today I asked the players for a clean sheet.

“We have conceded six and we have conceded three, so let us keep a clean sheet and see where it gets us. They kept a clean sheet and we got the winner.”