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McConkey urges Mallards to keep flying

 

By Steven Beacom

Ballinamallard United boss Harry McConkey wanted a statement of intent from his team and that's exactly what he got.

McConkey knew ahead of last weekend's meeting with Newry City at the Showgrounds that the Fermanagh men were facing the form side in the Championship.

To come out the other side with a 3-1 victory and move to within two points of Portadown and Loughgall at the top of the table was a huge boost.

McConkey wants Ballinamallard to build on that at home to Ivan Sproule's Dergview today.

"It was important we made a statement. Newry were four points behind us and going well," stated the Ferney Park manager.

"All the scouting reports that I had said Newry were an excellent team and I went to see them myself the night they defeated Glenavon in the League Cup.

"They were building momentum so for us to get a result against them was important. Now we are hoping to kick on."

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Matthew Tipton's Portadown, top on goal difference, are at home to Knockbreda, who parted company with manager Lee Forsythe in midweek.

Second-placed Loughgall play PSNI at Lakeview Park while Newry travel to Ballyclare Comrades, H&W Welders host Dundela and Ards are away to Queen's.

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