Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Ballinamallard soaring

Whitey Anderson has no fears that Ballinamallard United will be one-season wonders in the Premiership.

Instead the Mallards manager believes that the club is well placed to not only consolidate their place among the big boys, but that they will get even stronger.

Tipped as relegation certainties almost immediately after their promotion from the Championship this time last year, the Fermanagh men are dishing out large portions of humble pie to the critics after Saturday's scoreless draw at home to Linfield guaranteed them a top six finish.

"We've achieved more than we could ever have wished this season and everyone at the club is delighted with finishing in the top six," said Anderson. "There is a bigger picture at Ballinamallard and what is important to us is that the reserve team have won their league and the under-18s have done the same.

"There are strong structures in place and that's good for the future of Ballinamallard.

"We can't just rely on the players we have in the first-team squad at the minute, we need to keep progressing and we will keep brining the young players through as we have done in the past.

"A number of players who have done very well for us in the Premiership this season came through our youth structure and we are proud of the work that is done at that level."