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Ballymena boss hails 'phenomenal' Andy McGrory after 50th Irish League goal

Andy McGrory netted his 12th Premiership goal for Ballymena on Saturday.
Andy McGrory netted his 12th Premiership goal for Ballymena on Saturday.

By Billy Weir

In the midst of Ballymena United's first defeat of the season at the hands of Glentoran, a landmark goal was almost over-looked.

Andy McGrory curled in a wonderful free-kick to give the Sky Blues the lead but a late double from Robbie McDaid meant celebrations for his 50th Irish League goal were somewhat dampened.

He is still the toast of manager David Jeffrey, the man who brought the tireless wing-back to the club after his surprising departure from Glenavon.

"He's a phenomenal talent. He came to us last year and his contribution has been tremendous, he's a great young fella," Jeffrey said.

"More than a decent defender, but very good going forward. He's just a really good footballer and the goal that he scored was tremendous.

"We are absolutely delighted that we have Andrew at the club. He's very popular."

McGrory and co will look to bounce back to winning ways this evening when Bluefin Sport Intermediate League outfit Newington YC come to the Showgrounds in the BetMcLean League Cup.

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"We have prepared as we always do, we have watched them several times, we know what we will be up against," added Jeffrey.

"The League Cup is a competition we have enjoyed, we've got to the last three finals, winning one, so the journey begins but we'll have to dust ourselves down after Saturday."

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