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Thursday 26 May 2016

Newbridge Predators in hunt for points after Fermanagh Mallards exit

By Nikki McWilliams

Published 24/07/2013

Northern Ireland's Billie Simpson
Northern Ireland's Billie Simpson

The Fermanagh Mallards have been expelled from the Concentrix Premier League as they are unable to fulfill the rest of their fixtures.

The young Mallards side have struggled to fulfill fixtures all season which has resulted in fines and the loss of points.

The Northern Ireland Women's Football Association ruled that the Fermanagh girls be expelled from the league and that fixtures they had already played be removed from the records.

NIWFA committee member Clare Kirkwood commented: "We wish Fermanagh all the best for next season and if there's anything in the future the NIWFA can assist with, we are more than happy to comply."

The ruling means Newbridge Predators now have no points.

But Predators captain Billie Simpson is in good spirits ahead of tonight's clash with third placed Cliftonville at Shorts (7pm).

"I'm looking forward to the game," said Simpson.

"We need to start scoring goals to get points on the board – that's been our biggest problem so far. But the performances are there so we need to remain positive," she added.

The last time the two sides met, Cliftonville pinched a 2-1 win to seize three points.

Elsewhere, Glentoran Belfast United look to continue their winning streak when they take on Ballymena United Allstars at Billy Neil Playing Fields (7.30pm).

A win would take the Glens a whopping 11 points clear at the top.

Crusaders Strikers moved into second place on Monday – eight points behind Glentoran – winning their game in hand away to Newbridge Predators 7-2.

The Crues have earned a rest week after they brought forward the clash with Ballymena, the sides drawing 1-1.

Linfield's showdown with Mid- Ulster has also been re-scheduled due to the latter having four Under 17 internationals playing in the Carrick International tournament this week.


Glentoran Belfast Utd v Ballymena Utd Allstars (Billy Neill Playing Fields, 7.30pm),

Newbridge Predators v Cliftonville (Shorts, 7pm).


Newbridge Predators 2 v Crusaders Strikers 7, Cliftonville 0 v Glentoran Belfast Utd 3.

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