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.”
28 May 2015 15:45
Anderson delighted to add Mitchell to backroom team
Ballinamallard United manager Whitey Anderson has further strengthened his backroom team with the addition of Loughgall manager Noel Mitchell. Anderson lost assistant manager Brian Khan at the end of the season, Khan having been part of Anderson’s management team for the past seven years, but he has moved quickly to fill the void. John Quinn has already returned to the club after a spell with Dergview and he will also be joined in the dugout next year by Mitchell.
21 May 2015 16:00
Quinn will bring fresh ideas and a new approach says Anderson
Whitey Anderson and John Quinn will be reunited on the touchline next season after Ballinamallard confirmed that Quinn has been appointed to Anderson’s backroom team, replacing the departing Brian Khan.
21 May 2015 15:30
Fermanagh and Western year celebrated at awards dinner
The Fermanagh and Western Football League held its fifth annual awards dinner at the Killyhevlin Hotel and it was a good night for Killen Rangers as they scooped the Player and Young Player of the Year awards.
21 May 2015 13:45
‘Re-joining Mallards was a no-brainer’ - Rouse
Alvin Rouse can’t wait to pull on the Ballinamallard shirt and play in front of the fans at Ferney Park again. The former Barbadian international has signed a one year contract with the club, and will re-join after spending last season at Dungannon Swifts.
18 May 2015 10:02
‘I want to drive things on’ - McCabe
Midfielder Shane McCabe says he has not signed for Ballinamallard as a way of winding down his career, instead he wants to help drive the club on over the next couple of seasons.
18 May 2015 10:01
Cup holds a special meaning for Keenan
Enniskillen Santos manager Joe Keenan described getting his hands on the Enda Love Cup as ‘a wee bit special’ after they secured the Division Two title with an extra time play-off win over Irvinestown Wanderers at Ferney Park last Wednesday night.
18 May 2015 10:01
Nominees revealed for Fermanagh & Western Awards
Darren Teague, of league champions Strathroy Harps, is in the running for the Fermanagh & Western Division One Player of the Year crown after he was named on the three man short list released by the league this week.
18 May 2015 10:01
Fanthorpe hails a ‘nearly perfect’ season for Harps
Seamus Fanthorpe described his club’s season as “nearly perfect” as they completed a league and cup double with victory over Enniskillen Town in the Impartial Reporter Mulhern Cup Final.
18 May 2015 09:32
Anderson brings new signings to four with addition of McCrudden
The season may have ended but Ballinamallard United manager Whitey Anderson has been very busy over the last couple of weeks as he looks to bolster his squad for the new season.
18 May 2015 09:31
No complaints as Judge admits the better side won
Enniskillen Town manager Rory Judge admitted his team were second best to Strathroy Harps in the Impartial Reporter Mulhern Cup final. Enniskillen Town conceded the first goal of the game after 34 minutes, and never looked like getting back into the contention as Harps went on to dominate proceedings.