Ballinamallard's faith paid off in win over Portadown, says McConkey
Harry McConkey breathed a sigh of relief after guiding his Ballinamallard United team to not just their first victory, but first points of the campaign.
After back to back defeats in their opening two games, it may have looked from the outside that pressure was building on the Mallards.
Inside, however, McConkey was always confident that the wins would come and Ryan Campbell's goal just before half-time was enough to give them a 1-0 victory over Portadown.
"I'm relieved because anyone who has watched us this season will know that against Knockbreda and certainly against Dergview we dominated a lot of the ball and played some very attractive football," said McConkey.
"I said to the players to keep the faith because I felt we were playing a very cohesive game and were creating chances.
"There was a lot of digging in that had to be done too and we showed great control and discipline in how we managed the game at 1-0."
Newry City, who also entered the weekend on the back of successive defeats, responded with a 3-0 win to end Ards' 100% record.
Mark Hughes hit Newry's first before Lee Duffy doubled the lead after the break.
After Jerry Thompson's Ards debut ended with a red card, Adam Foley piled on the agony by making it 3-0 in injury time.
In the BetMcLean League Cup, Ballyclare Comrades hit seven against Knockbreda to book a trip to Glentoran in the second round.
H&W Welders hammered Armagh City 6-0 to secure a tie against Warrenpoint Town.
PSNI beat Queen's University 3-1 and Loughgall will face Newry after a 2-1 win over Banbridge Town.
RESULTS Championship: Ards 0 Newry 3; Portadown 0 Ballinamallard 1; League Cup: Armagh 0 H&W Welders 6; Ballyclare 7 Knockbreda 1; Loughgall 2 Banbridge Town 1; PSNI 3 Queen's 1.