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Irish League defender forced to retire at age of just 29

 

Former Ballymena defender Johnny Flynn (left) has retired, aged just 29.
Former Ballymena defender Johnny Flynn (left) has retired, aged just 29.

By Stuart McKinley

Portadown announced yesterday that their captain Johnny Flynn has retired from football.

Flynn has had spells at several clubs throughout a distinguished career including Ballymena United, Blackburn Rovers, Chester City, Accrington Stanley, Ross County, Falkirk and Cliftonville.

Ports boss Matthew Tipton said: "He felt his body wasn't able to do what he knew he should be doing for us.

"I know that this couldn't have been an easy decision for Jonny to make, especially as he is only 29, but it shows the mark of the man that he's made this call instead of just sitting around on his money. I would like to place on record my thanks to Jonny for everything he has done on and off the field so far this season and I wish him every success and happiness in his life now after football."

Meanwhile, Harry McConkey hailed his Ballinamallard United side for becoming the first team to inflict defeat on Bluefin Sport Championship leaders Larne this season. Goals from Ryan Campbell and Jay McCartney sealed a 2-0 win at Ferney Park.

"For us there was no pressure and no expectation," said McConkey. "To win the game with such a good performance is a huge positive for everyone around the club."

Goals from Matthews Callaghan and Kirk earned Dergview a 2-1 win at Limavady United, for whom Shane Boyle bagged a consolation.

Carrick Rangers moved above H&W Welders into fifth place with a 1-1 draw at Loughgall.

RESULTS: Ballinamallard Utd 2 Larne 0, Limavady Utd 1 Dergview 2, Loughgall 1 Carrick Rangers 1.

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