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Shane McGinty signs up for extended Ferney stay

Ballinamallard United 3 Glentoran 0

By Gareth Cauldwell

Gavin Dykes confirmed that Shane McGinty has put pen to paper on a new deal at Ferney Park after helping Ballinamallard United sweep lacklustre Glentoran aside on Saturday.

McGinty put the seal on things with a fine individual run after Ryan Mayse and Colm McLaughlin had given the Mallards a commanding half-time lead.

Gavin Dykes' side took the lead through Ryan Mayse before Colm McLaughlin doubled the advantage.

"McGinty has been outstanding for us and he signed a new contract for next year which is fantastic," said Dykes, whose men are now within touching distance of Premiership safety.

"I was asked at the start what I felt the team needed and I said it needed youth and it needed legs and it needed energy. We now have tons of legs; Mayse is quick, Owens is quick, Curran is getting better every game and McGinty has just found a place that he is happy and he wants to play football in.

"The average age of that team we had out today is very young and we play really good attractive football so I'm delighted with it.

"If you are beating Glentoran three times in a season I think it is fair to say you are doing something right. We are not safe yet but we are getting there and hopefully now we can push on."

Glens boss Gary Haveron kept his players locked in the dressing room after the game and, when asked what was discussed, he replied: "It was about honesty and what we expect and that was nowhere near it today.

"They have got to be honest, you can't throw the towel in, you can't quit, you have got to give everything. You don't have the right to quit and that's what we talked about. You play for a club and the least the fans deserve is 100% from you."

"It was a day that if anything could go wrong it did go wrong for us, to be honest."

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