BALLINAMALLARD manager Harry McConkey will be hoping to right the wrongs from last Saturday out on the training pitch this week as they look to make a return to winning ways when they take on Institute at Ferney Park on Saturday.

McConkey admits that the player and management were ‘embarrassed’ by the poor performance as they went down 0-3 at home to Bangor and says that will be addressed in training this week.

“If players can’t consistently control a ball, pass a ball or hit that final strike on target it absolutely doesn’t matter what shape we play or what information I feed players on their opponents all week or how I set up on set plays.

“Players at this level must be able to master the technical fundamentals of the game and perform to a level.

“As a group on Saturday, we worryingly failed to do just that.We were poor on the basics and we were all embarrassed on Saturday past playing as we did and losing 3-0 at Ferney Park.

“We will want to address this against Institute this week and our work on the pitch Tuesday and Thursday will be important,” he said.

In the two previous losses McConkey had felt that while the result didn’t go their way, the performance was good but that was not the case on Saturday which McConkey admits is a worry.


“Saturday was the most worrying performance of the seven games so far. I saw some players be quite nervous and some players not be as confident as they should be and I saw players getting outrun when they shouldn’t be so there is a lot for us to claw back this week,” he stated.

“The big thing is you want your players to play to their full capacity and I felt on Saturday I didn’t get anywhere near that in most compartments to be truthful.

“I think players should be looking in the mirror and say ‘we need to be really stepping up a level’ because those standards on Saturday were far below the level they are capable of.”

And McConkey knows the best response from his players would be to go out and win on Saturday.

“I believe this is an honest bunch, they have a good attitude in their training and I feel if they get their game together and stick together then they will improve.

“But we need results to cement that.

“For me, a win is the only way to address that,” he added.

That though will not be easy with Instutute coming to Ferney Park on the back of an impressive win on Saturday against H&W Welders.

“I think Institute produced one of their best performances at home to the Welders last week although they have been playing consistently well.

“But it is a good game for us. They are a footballing team and Kevin Deery has put his own stamp on things.

“We want to make sure that we come out on the right side of things,” he stated.

McConkey does have a couple of concerns ahead of the game.

“Aaron Arkinson looks like he might be long term while Ryan Morris is a doubt.

“Ben McCann is not available and another couple are carrying niggles but hopefully they will be alright and we are hoping that Jack Le Moignan will make good progress and make himself available this week,” added McConkey.