Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 24 May 2016

Ballinmallard 3 Glenavon 1

By Gareth Cauldwell

Published 22/01/2013

Two goals from Steve Feeney helped Ballinamallard United cap a great weekend with victory over Glenavon.

Club captain Mark Stafford snubbed interest from Linfield to pen a new two-year deal on Friday and more than played his part in helping Whitey Anderson’s side hold onto fourth spot in the table.

There was further good news too when David Kee signed a two-year extension to his contract.

Stafford is delighted to be continuing an association he has held with the Ferney Park outfit since he was just eight years old.

“This has been a very difficult week for me but Whitey and the club have made it clear to me how much they and the supporters want me to continue to lead them on this fantastic journey that we’ve all been on together,” said Stafford.

“I am extremely flattered to have attracted the interest of a great club like Linfield this week. However, I am also very proud to have been part of the ongoing vision of Ballinamallard United Football Club and I firmly believe that this squad that I have the privilege of captaining has so much potential still at this level.

“That includes winning trophies and qualifying for Europe and if I didn’t believe that I wouldn’t be committing myself now.”

This latest victory, which keeps United in the hunt for Europe, saw Feeney net either side of a leon Carters strike to put the hosts three goals to the good.

Glenavon, who Kyle Neill’s penalty saved, pulled one back through Guy Bates late on.

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