Ballinamallard United F.C.

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Ballinamallard United
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Full name Ballinamallard United Football Club
Nickname(s) The Mallards
Founded 1975
Ground Ferney Park, Ballinamallard
County Fermanagh
Ground Capacity 2,000
Chairman Jeff Aiken
Manager Gavin Dykes
League NIFL Premiership
2015–16 NIFL Premiership, 11th

Ballinamallard United Football Club is a semi-professional Northern Irish football club playing in the NIFL Premiership, the top tier of Northern Irish football. The club, re-formed in 1975 after being dormant since the 1960s, hails from Ballinamallard, near Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, and plays its home matches at Ferney Park which it shares with Fermanagh Mallards. Club colours are all royal blue (home), and all navy blue (away).

History[edit]

During 2008–09 and the first part of 2009–10, the club played at Holm Park, the home of Armagh City, while Ferney Park was brought up to Championship standard. The club's first match back at its own ground was on 5 December 2009 in its first ever major cup quarter final against Portadown in the League Cup.[1]

In February 2011 the club reached its first ever Irish Cup quarter final when it defeated Lisburn Distillery 4–2 after a 6th Round replay at Ferney Park.

On 31 March 2012, the club secured promotion to the top flight of Northern Irish football for the first time in their history. A 3–2 win over Bangor secured the 2011–12 IFA Championship 1 title, and promotion to the 2012–13 IFA Premiership.[2] They became the first team from County Fermanagh to play senior football.

In their first season in the Premiership the target was to avoid relegation. However, they surpassed all expectations, finishing 5th in the table. They secured a 2-2 draw at Ferney Park in their opening Premiership fixture against Dungannon Swifts, and their stand out results during the season included a 1–0 away win over eventual league champions Cliftonville at Solitude in September 2012.[3] They also defeated reigning champions Linfield twice at Windsor Park, 3–1 in October 2012 and 1–0 in the post-split match in April 2013.[4][5]

In their second season 2013–14 they finished in 10th place, three points above Warrenpoint Town in the play-off place after going unbeaten in their last 6 games of the season. No play-off was ultimately needed that season.

In their third season 2014–15 they finished in 9th place, 2 points above Dungannon Swifts in 10th and 9 points above Warrenpoint Town in the play-off place. The club also made history by reaching its first ever major cup semi final when it beat Glentoran in a penalty shootout in a Wasp Solutions League Cup quarter final at Ferney Park.

In the 2015–16 season the Mallard's recorded their first ever win at The Oval beating Glentoran 0–2 and they also recorded their first ever win at Shamrock Park and The Ballymena Showgrounds winning 3–0 and 2–1respectively.The Mallard's Irish Cup campaign was a disappointing one going out in the 5th Round on penalties to Coleraine after surrendering a two-goal lead in the second half.They reached the Quarter-Finals of the League Cup before being knocked out by eventual finalists Ards in another penalty shoot out.The Mallard's contested a thrilling end to the season with Carrick Rangers and Warrenpoint Town with Ballinamallard beating Carrick 1–0 on the final day and Warrenpoint beating Dungannon Swifts 1–0 meaning Carrick would automatically return to Championship 1 and Warrenpoint Town would contest the Promotion/Relegation Play-Off and the fermanagh side would be safe however,in the 89th minute at Taylor's Avenue Carrick Rangers equalized through Mark Surgenor meaning that Carrick would still be automatically relegated to the Championship 1 but that Ballinamallard would now contest the play-off and Warrenpoint Town would be safe in 10th place.The drama took yet another turn when in the 94th minute of the game at Taylor's Avenue in the final minute of stoppage time,Miguel Chines scored a stunning biycle kick to win the game for Carrick Rangers meaning infact that they would be safe prompting wild celebrations from the Carrick supporters meaning now that Ballinamallard would be automatically relegated to Championship 1 and Warrenpoint would contest the play-off.In the final turn,Warrenpoint Town concieded a controversal penalty in the dying seconds of their game with Andrew Mitchell putting it away to make it 1–1 now automatically relegating Warrenpoint Town and Ballinamallard United contesting the play-off with Institute where they managed to beat the Drumahoe side 2-1 away from home and drew 3-3 at Ferney Park to secure the club's premier league status for the 2016-2017 season.On 13 May 2016 it was announced legendary manager,Whitey Anderson, would be leaving the club after over ten years service. Gavin Dykes was appointed as his replacement.

Honours[edit]

Intermediate Honours[edit]

† Won by Ballinamallard United II (reserve team)

Youth Honours[edit]

  • Harry Cavan Irish Youth Cup: 2
    • 2001–02
    • 2005–06
  • IFA Youth League Cup: 1
    • 2011–12

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Northern Ireland DF Liam McMenamin
3 Republic of Ireland DF Colm McLaughlin
4 Northern Ireland DF Leon Carters
5 Republic of Ireland DF Steve Feeney
6 Northern Ireland MF Shane McCabe
8 Northern Ireland MF James McKenna
10 Northern Ireland MF Johnny Lafferty
11 Republic of Ireland MF Jason McCartney
12 Northern Ireland MF John Currie
13 Northern Ireland GK Stefan McCusker
14 Northern Ireland DF Chris Crilly
No. Position Player
15 Northern Ireland MF Gary Phair
16 Northern Ireland MF Cathal Beacom
17 Republic of Ireland MF Adam Lecky
19 Northern Ireland FW Ryan Mayse
22 Northern Ireland FW Johnny Courtney
33 Northern Ireland DF Gareth Falconer
TBA Northern Ireland MF Shane McGinty
TBA Northern Ireland GK James McGrath
TBA Northern Ireland MF Ryan McConnell
TBA Republic of Ireland MF Liam Flatley
TBA Republic of Ireland DF Ross Taheny

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Impartial Reporter, 3 December 2009, Time to stand and deliver
  2. ^ Ballinamallard win Championship title as Newry lose
  3. ^ "Cliftonville 0-1 B'mallard Utd". BBC Sport (BBC). 8 September 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Linfield 1-3 Ballinamallard Utd". BBC Sport (BBC). 6 October 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Linfield 0-1 Ballinamallard Utd". BBC Sport (BBC). 20 April 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 

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