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McConkey has had a positive influence on us, insists O'Flynn


Looking up: Stephen O’Flynn isn’t giving up the fight
Looking up: Stephen O’Flynn isn’t giving up the fight

By Billy Weir

The equation is simple for Ballinamallard United - win the rest of their games this season and they will not finish bottom of the Danske Bank Premiership.

Stephen O'Flynn is realistic enough though to point out that if they do achieve that impressive feat it will match the number of games they have won all season.

However, things have improved markedly in form and mood around Ferney Park since Harry McConkey took over in the dug-out and the first of those three games to be won comes today at home to Dungannon Swifts.

O'Flynn weighed in with a crucial goal in last week's win over Warrenpoint Town but is more than happy to not make the headlines and leave the glory to the likes of fellow strikers Ryan Curran and Sean Noble.

"Ryan is top quality and when I saw him play for Derry City I knew he had a lot of ability but he was a bit lightweight. But he has come on in leaps and bounds and he looks to get goals," explained the 34-year-old Cork native.

"But he and Sean Noble have contributed massively, especially for the likes of myself who doesn't have the legs to get around as much as I did 10 years ago.

"And at the other end we're keeping clean sheets, which we haven't been all season."

McConkey's influence has also impressed O'Flynn.

"If we were to win all our games we would stay up but we've only won three all season, but since Harry has come in things have been really positive," he added.

"We drew with Glenavon away and Linfield at home.

"We're going to find it tough because Dungannon won the League Cup recently but I think we've a bit of confidence. We have home advantage and that might swing it in our favour but Dungannon can play good football at times."

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