Ballinamallard 0-0 Tobermore

Fortuitously, the Mallards progress into round 3 of the Bet McLean League Cup with a penalty shout out win over Tobermore. In truth, Tobermore were the better side and having gone through 120 minutes without a goal it was a penalty shoot out that decided matters. Both sides found their shooting boots with some excellent penalties, taken in the new ABBA format, with Crawford saving to secure victory.

Carrick Rangers 2-0 Ballinamallard

A goal in each half from Andrew Mooney granted Carrick their first league win of the season. In truth, Ballinamallard failed to ever get going and only for the heroics of Richard Brush, the score could have been higher. To compile the misery, Ryan Curran seen his injury time penalty saved.

Ballinamallard 1-1 Cliftonville

The Mallards gain their first point of the 2017/18 season with a hard earned draw at home to Cliftonville. The home side took the lead mid way through the first half with Ryan Curran converting his third penalty of the season, after Richard Clarke's goalbound shot was handled. Barry Gray's side equalised not long after however with Gary Breen heading in unchallenged. Cliftonville started the second half brightly and it took new loanee Aaron Canning to clear off the line to keep the Mallards level and with 2 left, Joe Gormley thought that he had snatched the winner with a fine curling effort, only to see the linesman raise his flag. The U20s also secured a point away to Cliftonville Olympic w

Aaron Canning joins on loan

Defender Aaron Canning has joined the club on loan until January from Glenavon and wear the number 22 shirt. Canning has significant Irish League experience mainly from his time at Coleraine, but he has also played for Coagh United, Loughgall and joined Glenavon at the start of this year.

Glenavon 6-2 Ballinamallard

Matchday two ended in misery for the Mallards with this hefty defeat at Mourneview Park. Ryan Curran did give us the lead from the penalty spot but Rhys Marshall equalised immediately and the teams were level at half time. After the break, the away side capitulated with Glenavon running in 4 goals in 14 minutes. Curran did pull another back before Mitchell added a sixth in added time. Matchday three pits us at home to Cliftonville this Saturday where we will hope for a better outcome.

Ballinamallard 1-2 Glentoran

It was a deserved victory for the East Belfast side, but the winning goal wasn't without controversy, with the Mallard players and management adamant that the winner was punched into the net. Ryan Curran gave us the lead from the penalty spot after McIlwaine was fouled but Curtis Allen clipped in an equaliser before the break. The Mallards created very little in the second period with the winner coming in the final few minutes. We also send our best wishes to James McKenna who suffered yet another collar bone break - the second in six months.

Matty Smyth returns

Former Mallard Matthew Smyth, (19 years old) has signed a one year contract which will see him return to Ballinamallard, the club that he first joined as a five year old. With three years of full time football under his belt the young central defender has gained considerable experience since leaving the Mallards to join English League Two side Stevenage, aged just 16, on a two year scholarship. Matty followed this up with a year at Scottish Premiership side Dundee last season and picked up a Scottish League Two Champions medal in a very successful end of season loan spell with Arbroath FC. Matty will now be hoping to build again on his playing experience, at Irish league level, on return to

Jonathan Leddy joins the club

22 year old Jonathan Leddy has become Gavin Dykes fifth signing of the summer transfer window having impressed whilst on trial over the past month. The Butler's Bridge native has played in several of our friendly games and his versatility and quality will be no doubt strengthen us for the 2017/18 season. "Johnny has been on trial with us after a recommendation and he has done well. He gives us options as he can play left back, left side of centre half and in the middle of the pitch and he has impressed me on the ball. He has a bit of quality about him and I'm delighted to have him on board" commented Dykes. Leddy started his career with Cavan Shamrocks before becoming a trainee at Ipswich To

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