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Former Northern Ireland striker Rory Patterson joins Mid Ulster club

Rory Patterson has signed for Ballymacash Rangers.
Rory Patterson has signed for Ballymacash Rangers.

Rory Patterson has signed for a Mid Ulster Football League club.

The 35-year-old, who last season scored 10 Danske Bank Premiership goals for Crusaders, has joined Intermediate A side Ballymacash Rangers.

The Lisburn club are managed by former Linfield skipper Michael Gault, who was a team-mate of Patterson's at Linfield during the 11/12 season.

“I’ve known Rory for a long time now," the boss said.

"I first got to know him off the pitch when he signed for Coleraine and we have remained good friends from then. We were then team mates for a period at Linfield.

"Wherever Rory has gone he has scored goals and I look forward to this continuing at the Cash.

"This is a massive signing for the club and is sure to improve our chances of success.”

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Patterson began his senior career in England at Rochdale, but made his name at FC United of Manchester, where he spent a goal-laden three years.

A return to Northern Ireland proved equally as impressive as he scored 30 league goals for Coleraine back in the 09/10 season and went on to sign for Plymouth.

He was first called up to Northern Ireland's senior squad in February 2010, earning five caps and scoring once; a penalty against Morocco.

Patterson enjoyed two spells at Derry City, either side of a second stint at FC United of Manchester, before joining Crusaders last year.

Ballymacash has won their only league game so far this season and have progress through the opening rounds of the Irish Cup, Intermediate Cup, Premier Cup and Marshall Cup.

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