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Harry McConkey’s Ballinamallard United ‘relieved’ to see off Amateur League side Ards Rangers in extra time

Ballinamallard 2 Ards Rangers 0 (After Extra Time)

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Harry McConkey saw Ballinamallard United taken to extra-time

Harry McConkey saw Ballinamallard United taken to extra-time

Harry McConkey saw Ballinamallard United taken to extra-time

Relief was the overriding emotion for Harry McConkey after his Ballinamallard United side eventually broke down a plucky Ards Rangers at Ferney Park.

It took the home side 105 minutes to get the better of their Amateur League visitors and secure their place in the second round of the Irish Cup.

“It was a typical Irish Cup day,” said McConkey.

“It had everything in terms of a team coming from a lower League and, as much respect as you give them, you know it’s about being on your own game.

“I thought at times we were frustrating with our final ball in the last third, but you could see wee glimpses where we caused them problems.

“But they stuck at it and in the Irish Cup you need just one goal to get through. I think the overriding emotion is relief because there was a banana skin there for sure.”

After a poor first half which saw BJ Banda miss a penalty, the Championship side had a series of chances to win it but some fine goalkeeping from David Ferguson kept Ards Rangers in it.

With neither side able to get the goal to take them through, the contest progressed to extra-time, where Sean McEvoy opened the scoring after a cross from Ryan Morris.

And the win was sealed five minutes into the second period when substitute Peter Campbell rounded Ferguson to tap in.

BALLINAMALLARD: Ray 8, Morris 7 (Keane 7), Curry 8, Clarke 7, Arkinson 7, Banda 6, Moorehead 7, Morrow 6 (Warnock 7), Byrne 7 (Campbell 8), McEvoy 8, Henderson 6 (Edgar 7).

ARDS RANGERS: Ferguson 8, McIlwrath 7, Roy 7, Watson 7, Kirk 7, McKee 6 (Shaw 7), Walls 6 (Haddock 7), Newberry, Simpson 6 (Harper 6), Armstrong 8 (Roy 6), A Brown 7 (J Brown 6).


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