Ballinamallard United manager Gavin Dykes was delighted to see his side register their second win of the Danske Bank Premiership campaign with a 6-4 victory over Cliftonville in a thriller at Ferney Park on Friday night. The basement club moved to within one point of Carrick Rangers at the foot of the Irish League table. The Mallards enjoyed a great start and were 2-0 up inside 21 minutes through Ryan Curran and Sean Noble. Jay Donnelly netted a reply for Cliftonville but home striker Stephen O’Flynn made it 3-1 before the interval. Curran scored again with a penalty early in the second half after Garry Breen’s foul on Noble. But Cliftonville mounted a revival, cutting it back to 4-3 through Ross Lavery and Joe Gormley. James McKenna made it 5-3 but the visitors responded again with Gormley scoring his 100th league goal for the Belfast club. Cliftonville had chances to equalise but substitute Jonathan Leddy sealed the rare Ballinamallard win with a brilliant long-range … [Read more...] about IRISH LEAGUE REACTION: Ballinamallard boss Gavin Dykes upbeat after his side beat Cliftonville
Joel Cooper could be heading out the Glenavon exit door before the close of the January transfer window. Confirmation today of a pre-contract agreement between the player and Linfield for a summer switch is expected to spark an angry response from within the Lurgan Blues fanbase due to how the deal has been handled. As a result, Glenavon may seek to facilitate an immediate move from Mourneview Park, with a potential player swap between the clubs one option. News that Linfield had lodged paperwork with Cooper’s signature at the Irish Football Association was leaked around 24 hours before the sides’ weekend Danske Bank Premiership game at Windsor Park. Glenavon recorded a 3-2 win but manager Gary Hamilton opted to remove Cooper from the starting side and place the Northern Ireland under 21 international on the substitutes’ bench. Cooper assured his boss that, although discussions had been taking place between Linfield and a player entering the final six months of his … [Read more...] about IRISH LEAGUE: Player swap could spark Cooper’s January exit from Glenavon to Linfield
Darren Murray’s future at Warrenpoint Town remains the subject of Irish League transfer speculation but his current manager, Matthew Tipton, has nothing but praise for the prized forward. Warrenpoint rejected a transfer request by the striker late last week amid continued interest from high-flying Danske Bank Premiership clubs Crusaders and Coleraine. The former Portadown and Cliftonville front man stepped out to face Ballinamallard United at Milltown on Saturday at the centre of January rumours - and with his focus on family matters. “He played today for 90 minutes and all credit to him because his girlfriend was due to have their baby on Tuesday and he’s been in and out of the hospital all week with her,” said Tipton. “My phone was on, expecting a call from her. “He’s come down and played and that shows me that Darren Murray wants to play for this football club because it would have been easy for him to stay at home. “It shows to me … [Read more...] about IRISH LEAGUE: Tipton’s praise for attitude by transfer target Murray as Warrenpoint Town beat Ballinamallard United
IN PICTURES: Irish League action (Jan 20) It was another pulsating day of action in the Irish League as Coleraine and Crusaders shared the spoils and Glenavon defeated Linfield in their own back yard. Danske Bank Premiership results (Jan 20)Ards 1-0 Ballymena UnitedColeraine 3-3 CrusadersCliftonville 3-0 Dungannon SwiftsWarrenpoint Town 1-0 Ballinamallard UnitedLinfield 2-3 Glenavon Danske Bank Premiership table … [Read more...] about IN PICTURES: Action from Saturday’s Irish League matches
LINFIELD manager David Jeffrey wants to see Derry City return to the Irish League. Coleraine Football Club will also back a return of the Brandywell club to the north, secretary Freddie Monaghan sa[...] You have reached your limit of free articles Registered users get 5 regular articles and 1 free Premium article per week. … [Read more...] about On this day: Linfield manager David Jeffrey wants to see Derry City return to the Irish League.