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Absences deliver other players an opportunity to show what they can do: McAree

By Adrian Rutherford

Dungannon will be missing two key players as boss Rodney McAree aims to get back on track in the Boxing Day derby against Ballinamallard United.

Chris Hegarty and Andy Coleman are both suspended for today's festive showdown at Stangmore Park, meaning McAree must reshuffle his side as the fallout from a controversial defeat at Portadown continues.

Hegarty was booked twice in 10 minutes at Shamrock Park, leaving Dungannon without the influential defender against the Mallards.

Coleman is also absent after he was shown a second yellow after the final whistle. He will be replaced by back-up goalkeeper Stuart Addis.

And McAree has warned that the stopper could face a fight to get back in the team.

"It's very frustrating because Andy has done well all season, but what he has done is open the door for Stuart Addis," he said.

"Stuart has never let us down in the past and he will just come in.

"I'm very fortunate that we have two goalkeepers of the standard of those two."

The 2-0 loss against the Ports stalled Dungannon's recent good form.

McAree now wants a big response against Ballinamallard.

The Fermanagh side sit third bottom of the Danske Bank Premiership, but had a superb win over Glentoran last weekend.

They also beat Dungannon when the sides met earlier this season at Ferney Park.

McAree is expecting a difficult match, adding: "There are no easy games, especially when you are playing against teams that are fighting for their lives, scrapping for points.

"Ballinamallard had a good win on Saturday and so will be coming with a little bit of confidence.

"We have got to get back to the drawing board and just go again.

"We need to get back to doing what we were doing before in terms of working hard, winning battles and competing, which we didn't do at Portadown."

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