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Out on the wing: Carroll delivers Blues some festive cheer

By Billy Weir

And talking of all-things Fermanagh, another week and another manager waxing lyrical about the form of Linfield keeper Roy Carroll.

The Blues weren’t at their best against Dungannon Swifts last week but a clean sheet was ensured by the safest hands in the business, Carroll, putting on a masterclass.

“Roy must be worth 15 points a season to Linfield,” said Swifts boss Rodney McAree.

“He is the best keeper in the league. I think he’s 40 but he is getting across the goal like a spring chicken.”

And, of course, if there’s one thing a spring chicken will avoid at all costs, it’s a stuffing.

McAlinden gives Gers some food for thought

Quote of this season, and indeed perhaps of any season, belongs to Carrick Rangers boss David McAlinden with news of two new teams in the ranks of the Danske Bank Premiership.

“It doesn’t matter who we play, whether it’s Potato Farl Rovers, Real Madrid or Coleraine,” said McAlinden ahead of his side’s defeat by the Bannsiders at the weekend, or maybe that should be Pansiders given the arrival of Potato Farl Rovers.

This week they take on Linfield, who are frying, sorry, flying high at the moment.

A case of out of the pan and into the fire…

Sykes is bolted on for cross-channel transfer

It's going to be like a jamboree around Mourneview Park over the coming weeks with scouts as far as the eye can see hunting down Glenavon’s Mark Sykes.

Bolton Wanderers watched the midfield maestro last week and many more are expected with Gary Hamilton resigned and happy at the same time to losing one of the brightest talents in the Premiership.

“The only two players I have played in the Irish League with over the last 15 years who I would compare him with are Stuart Dallas and Liam Boyce,” said Hamilton. “For me, at this age, he is potentially better than the two of them and he should be playing in England or Scotland.”

Hard to argue with that, although I’m not arguing with Gary in case he throws a tantrum or kicks a chair in my general direction!

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