Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Ballinamallard United can fly even higher, says Anderson

The Danske Bank Premiership’s newest manager has claimed that his high flying Mallards should be even further up the table.

Last Saturday’s shock win at Cliftonville moved Ballinamallard United into seventh place with eight points from six games.

Whitey Anderson, however, feels that his newly promoted team could have been in the top three or four — and with an unbeaten record.

“Even though we’ve eight points at the minute we could have had more,” said Anderson.

“We’re in a run of games here against four teams who finished in the top six last season and although we beat Cliftonville last Saturday we were disappointed not to get something out of the two games that we have lost against Crusaders and Glentoran.

“I have to be happy though. If we’d been offered this start before the season began we’d have taken it and if we can collect the same ratio of points every six games we’ll be doing well.”

Anderson’s men now face another test against one of the teams expected to finish high up the table, when last season’s runners-up Portadown — who currently sit two points being the Mallards — make the trip to Ferney Park this afternoon.

“I watched Portadown against Glenavon a couple of weeks ago and they’ve got a team full of quality players,” said Anderson.

“They are down the league a bit, but you expect them to click any minute.”

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Northern Ireland’s under-17 girls team will face Israel at the Coleraine Showgrounds tomorrow evening, not the Ballymena Showgrounds as is stated in the mini-tournament programme.

England face Italy at Ballymena, with both games kicking-off at 7.30pm.

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