Belfast Telegraph

John Currie's return can give boost to Ballinamallard

By Keith Bailie

Ballinamallard United boss Whitey Anderson hopes the return of influential midfielder John Currie will give the Ferney Park club a lift after a difficult start to the new season.

Ballinamallard's last league win came on the opening day of the season when Currie hit the winner against Warrenpoint Town.

The 22-year-old then left the Fermanagh club to pursue his studies in Germany, but after struggling to settle he opted to return to Northern Ireland.

Mallards' boss Anderson said: "Obviously it's a shame for John that Germany didn't work out for him the way he would have liked but we're delighted to have him back at the club. He's a great talent and we're looking forward to working with him again."

John, though, is not available to play against Glentoran at The Oval this afternoon, a venue where the visitors have never won, but Anderson believes the Mallards are improving, despite their lowly position with with just one league win.

"I believe we're getting closer to our next win. Our last two performances against Cliftonville and Ballymena were a major improvement on some of the previous displays.

"I don't want to make excuses, but we've struggled slightly with suspensions, injuries and unavailability, but I genuinely believe this squad is as good as any squad we've had in the Premiership. I was disillusioned after we lost 3-1 at home to Carrick last month but since the boys have worked extremely hard.

"Our training has been fantastic and I believe that over a 38- game league season we will do ourselves justice."

Anderson concedes that goalscoring is Ballinamallard's biggest problems. They've managed just seven goals in their nine league matches.

"We've scored less than any other team, although we've conceded less than any other team in the bottom half. We're creating chances, but I think we're making bad decisions in front of goal."

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