29 Jun 2015 10:20
Mallards start with trip to Warrenpoint
Ballinamallard United will open their Danske Bank Premiership campaign with an away game against Warrenpoint Town on Saturday August 8 at 3pm.
25 Jun 2015 15:00
Glamour ties welcomed by Milk Cup managers
Both the Fermanagh Milk Cup teams will have glamour ties to look forward to following the draw for the tournament which took place yesterday (Wednesday).
19 Jun 2015 11:00 • Editorial Department
Enniskillen Galaxy entrants to the league
The Fermanagh and Western Football League will have one new club in its ranks when the season gets underway on Saturday August 15 after it was revealed at the AGM on Tuesday night at the Bawnacre that Enniskillen Galaxy will take their place in Division Three of the league for the 2015-16 season. Galaxy will play their home games at the Lakeland Forum.
18 Jun 2015 20:00 • Editorial Department
Romania experience has whet McGovern’s appetite for more
Goalkeeper Michael McGovern could not have asked for much more from his competitive Northern Ireland debut as he kept a clean-sheet as Michael O’Neill’s charges maintained their Euro 2016 qualification push with a 0-0 draw against group leaders Romania on Saturday evening.
12 Jun 2015 19:30 • Denzil McDaniel
Can NI become familiar with dining at the top table?
There will be a very unfamiliar feeling around Northern Ireland’s Euro qualifier against Romania at Windsor Park this Saturday evening.
12 Jun 2015 09:30
Superstar Wayne no match for Arnie!
Arnold Hunter refereed the biggest game of his career when he took the whistle for the friendly encounter between the Republic of Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Sunday.
11 Jun 2015 16:45
Gamble pleased as dangerous Juniors lift Orchard Cup
The Fermanagh Juniors enjoyed success on Saturday as they secured the Orchard Cup title on goals difference, after defeating Armagh and losing narrowly to Glendowan U16s.
6 Jun 2015 13:00
Michael feeling more a part of set-up as NI
Michael McGovern picked up his third Northern Ireland senior cap on Sunday when he replaced fellow Fermanagh man Roy Carroll for the second half of the 1-1 draw against Qatar at Gresty Road, Crewe. McGovern has just come off the back of an impressive season in the Scottish Premiership with Hamilton Academicals and having cemented his place in Michael O’Neill’s squad over the last season or so, he appears to have nudged ahead in the race to be Carroll’s number two.
31 May 2015 12:38
Success on international stage for young Mallards
Ballinamallard Youth U12s proved their worth on an international stage with a superb win in the Barcelona Cup played in Catalonia at the weekend.
30 May 2015 15:34
We want to do our best on the world stage
Harry McConkey will celebrate his tenth year as manager of the Northern Ireland Eastern Region squad with an appearance at the UEFA Region Cup Finals in Dublin at the end of June.
29 May 2015 11:36
Owens and Irvine help
Two Ballinamallard players came off the bench for Northern Ireland U15s on Wednesday as they drew 3-3 with Slovakia at the NTC Stadium in Senec.
29 May 2015 10:39
Little vows to fight for Preston starting slot next season
Andy Little has vowed to fight for a starting place in the Preston North End team next season after a bitter sweet campaign for the former Ballinamallard player ended with promotion to the Championship. Andy was forced to watch much of the season from the sidelines as a succession of injuries restricted his first team opportunities, and he played no part in Sunday’s League One play off final victory at Wembley. Despite his lack of game time however, he has been given assurances from manager Simon Grayson that he will be given an opportunity to fight for his place next season. “We had a meeting this week and at that he said that it has been a frustrating season for me and a frustrating season for him, but because of what he has seen of me, he wants to keep me at the club,” revealed Andy. “He was happy with how I was doing and there is a place for me this season. He wants me to push for a starting place in August.” If Andy does force his way into the starting 11 he will be lining up against the likes of QPR and Hull in the Championship next season, and he believes Preston will be up to the challenge. “Any games we played against better opposition this season, Man United excluded, we have played well,” he said. “We beat Norwich and in pre-season we beat Burnley and drew with Leicester. When we have played against better opposition we have always competed and given them a good game. Our squad has been a far better squad than a League One squad and there is no doubt in my mind we will compete next season. When I signed I was told by my agent and the manager that the plan was to go up automatically and within a few games at the start of the season it was obvious just how strong our squad was. Not just the 11 but all 23. It was just a matter of getting over the finish line because League One is a hard league to get out of, but we fancied ourselves to do it all season.” That quality was demonstrated by their convincing 4-0 play-off victory over Swindon, a win that Andy believes was fully deserved after coming so close to automatic promotion at the end of the regular season. “We had gone on a 19 game unbeaten run and it came down to the last game and we slipped up at the final hurdle and that was very annoying,” he recalled. “We comfortably beat Chesterfield (in the play-off semi-final) and that got the spirits up. We were given a few days off and the build up to the final was class. We got down to London for a few days and we got our suits made. The manager was great. He tried to treat it as another game and that is what it was really. We had a great start and couldn’t have asked for much more. It calmed the nerves and during the whole game we didn’t really look like losing. It meant there was no nervousness and the boys were able to enjoy the second half. I think it was justice because we finished third in the league and we should have finished second. We deserved to go up, and I’m relieved we managed it because it would have been devastating if we hadn’t done it.” Andy started last season in good form for his new club but was not able to shake off a succession of niggling injuries. While his teammates bask in the glory of promotion this summer, Andy will be working hard to get himself back to full fitness. “In the last few weeks of the season I have been to see a specialist in Birmingham and I have also been to Milan, so I am going about it in the right way,” he said. “I had been struggling these last few months, in and out of training. I had a recurring injury that had been with me all season and I hadn’t been able to make enough of an impact to get back into the team. It has been massively frustrating but I think I have got to the bottom of why I have been injured. These guys are really good and seem to have got to the bottom of it. I have five weeks off in the summer now and I have a plan. I will be flying over once a week to see this guy. It has been a frustrating season but I have got my head down now and I’ll work hard for next year.”