It’s a ‘cruel, cruel game’ says the Mallards manager

DISAPPOINTED Mallards boss Harry McConkey said he “would have just loved there to have been extra-time today” after Saturday’s Irish Cup clash with Dergview finished 2-2 after 90 minutes.   The game was forced  straight to penalties, as stipulated in the rules of this year’s competition.   “I know that might sound like sour grapes […]

Irish Cup: It’s a family affair 

It’s a big weekend for the Curry household as brothers Dean and Stephen prepare for the Irish Cup. But it’s a first round with a difference as there is a Curry in both camps.   Stephen plays for Dergview and Dean lines out for Ballinamallard, so this weekend loyalties will be divided as the two […]

The Irish Cup is “that little bit special” – McConkey 

It’s only two years since Harry McConkey led Ballinamallard all the way to the Irish Cup final for the first time in the club’s history. This weekend the Cup journey begins once again as Ballinamallard welcome Dergview to Ferney Park for the first round fixture.    Manager Harry McConkey is relishing the opportunity, first and […]

Mallards make it 3 wins from 3 friendlies

Ballinamallard Utd have been squeezing in all the game time they can in preparation for their Irish Cup game with Dergview on May 1.   There has been no shortage of goals for the Mallards, having netted 15 goals in three games and only conceding three.    Annagh Utd, Portstewart and Dungannon Swifts have provided […]

The ‘buzz’ is back at Ferney Park

Last Thursday evening, Ballinamallard Utd were back on the training pitch after the Northern Ireland Executive gave ‘elite’ status to the Irish Cup competition.   Before the 23-player squad could hit the hallowed turf of Ferney Park though, the very important matter of Covid tests had to be carried out on players and coaching staff. […]

Ballinamallard Utd to play in Irish Cup competition

It has been confirmed by Ballinamallard Utd that they will play in this year’s Irish Cup competition which is scheduled to kick-off on 1 May.   Ballinamallard Utd chairman, Tom Elliott told the Fermanagh Herald this morning (Friday) that following their consultation process with players and management, “they would feel reasonably comfortable if they can […]

Irish Cup participation still up in the air

So the show goes on, well according to IFA president David Martin who has declared that his vision for the Irish Cup competition will include all 32 teams in the first round draw.    It’s anticipated that the competition will kick-off on 1st May and come to its conclusion on Friday, 21st May when the […]

The Irish Cup without junior teams would be a ‘farce’

WHITEY Anderson is so glad he’s no longer a Championship manager!   Anderson was nearly a decade in charge at Ballinamallard United before he stepped down at the end of the 2015-16 season.   During his tenure the Mallards won promotion to the Danske Bank Premiership in 2012 but after six seasons in the top […]

Dykes marshals his forces for hectic seven days

In many respects, given last Saturday’s rousing victory against Cliftonville, it is a shame Ballinamallard don’t have a league game this week to try and build up a head of steam. “It is,” agrees Mallards manager Gavin Dykes. “And last time we won a league game against Carrick we didn’t have a league game the […]

Dykes hopeful of a better 2018 for Ballinamallard

Of all of Ballinamallard’s festive fixtures, probably the visit of Crusaders to Ferney Park was the one bearing the least weight of expectation. It went as per the form book, although Ballinamallard did make their Crues sing for their supper, holding them scoreless in the first half. The loss of newly recruited defender Ryan O’Reilly […]