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We’ll set up to have a right go at the Blues, insists new Ballinamallard boss

By Steven Beacom

New Ballinamallard United boss Harry McConkey is relishing the prospect of going toe-to-toe with David Healy when Linfield visit Ferney Park tonight.

Despite the Mallards being bottom of the Danske Bank Premiership, McConkey insists that, unlike the Blues, there will be no pressure on his side when they take to the pitch.

He adds, though, that won’t stop the Fermanagh men going all out for what would be a monumental three points in their battle for survival.

Taking over from Gavin Dykes, McConkey made an immediate impact last week with his team delivering a fighting performance to earn a 0-0 draw at Glenavon.

The Mallards may be six points behind second bottom Carrick, but that result combined with a display full of character has given them hope.

An even bigger boost would come if they could defeat Linfield in McConkey’s first home game in his second spell in charge of the club.

“For me to manage against Linfield in my own county is fantastic,” says McConkey.

“And especially with it being a night match, that is absolutely brilliant. I think there is a certain ambience about night games at Ferney Park and it should be a great occasion.

“It will be lovely to be on the same touchline as David. I’ve admired him for a long time from the stands. He is Northern Ireland’s greatest goalscorer and a legend in the country.”

McConkey feels taking on the champions this evening may help rather than hinder the mindset at the club.

He explains: “As far as I’m concerned, we will set up and we’ll go for them. I’m not under any pressure but Linfield are always a club that is under pressure and that is something that I hope we can exploit.

“It is a case of taking one game at a time and building the boys up to see where we can go.”

Ballinamallard vs Linfield

Danske Bank Premiership

Ferney Park, Tonight, 7.45pm

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