Setanta Cup 2014
Ballinamallard Utd have been drawn against Airtricity Premier League Champions St Patrick's Athletic from Dublin in the Setanta Cup Quarter Final. The first leg will be at Ferney Park on Monday 24th February, the away leg on Monday 10th March.
The full draw is:
Crusaders v Sligo Rovers
Shamrock Rovers v Glentoran
Dundalk v Coleraine
Ballinamallard Utd v St Patrick's Athletic
Vs Ards (7th December, Home, League)
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A David Kee goal was enough to claim victory and move Ballinamallard up to 8th in the table, just 1 point off Glenavon in 6th.
Ards had thumped the Mallards 4-1 earlier in the season, but the North Down side had failed to pick up any points on their travels so far this season.
Ards Ryan Henderson had the first sighting of goal on 5 minutes, but his shot flashed wide of the goal.
Mark Stafford was unlucky not to put the home side ahead just minutes later when his header from a David Kee (pictured right) corner was cleared off the line.
Neil Dougan was next to try his luck when Ards caught Ballinamallard in possession at the back, but Alvin Rouse was equal to his effort.
Both sides were struggling to hold onto possession for any length of time which resulted in an end to end game throughout.
Henderson again went close for Ards when he turned his marker and shot over from close range but it was the Mallards who almost went in at half time with the lead.
David Kee closed down Ards goalkeeper Graeme McKibbon, but the ball trickled agonisingly wide of the left hand post.
Full back Stephen Gordon headed over a decent chance on 59 minutes whilst Steve Feeney went close at the other end with a header.
The only goal of the game arrived on 68 minutes however. Andy Crawford cut in from the right and centre back Andy Hunter handled the ball, resulting in referee Colin Burns pointing to the penalty spot.
McKibbon saved Kee's spot kick, but the Killen man was on hand to score the rebound and give the Mallards the lead.
Richard Leckey was unlucky not to extend the lead when he narrowly headed over an excellent Danny Keohane cross, but Ards were still looking dangerous on the break in what was still a very open game.
It was the home side who had the better of the chances however in the final 10 minutes, and they should have sealed the victory with a second.
On 82 minutes, Stafford surged out of defence and found himself through on goal, but McKibbon palmed his shot around the post. From the resultant corner, Feeney smacked a header off the crossbar as Ards survived.
Ben Roy had a late chance for Ards, but Rouse saved well as the Mallards held out for an invaluable 3 points.
The Mallards now travel to Linfield and Cliftonville before home games against Dungannon Swifts and Warrenpoint Town on boxing day and new years day respectively.
Winner of the half time draw was Trevor Stubbs with ticket number 5096.
Team: Rouse, McConkey (Campbell), Stafford, Feeney, Keohane, Cashel (Currie), Kee, Hutchinson, McManus (C Beacom), Leckey, Crawford
Vs Ballymena United (30th Nov, Away, League)
Ballymena extended their winning run to 4 games with a 2-0 victory at the showgrounds.
Richard Lecky hit the post from 20 yards in the first half for Ballinamallard but it was the home side that took the lead after the break.
Mark Surgenor scoring early in the second half. Alvin Rouse saved a spot kick from David Cushley before Ballymena scored a third through Shane Dolan.
Vs Glentoran (23rd Nov, Home, League)
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A stunning strike from young Jordan Stewart was the major talking point from Ferney Park on Saturday.
The youngster scored what was surely one of the best goals ever to be scored at Ferney Park with a long range volley.
Ballinamallard had been the better team in the first half but failed to work opposition goalkeeper Elliott Morris.
The East Belfast side returned after half time with a renewed impetus and they took the lead on 50 minutes when centre back Calum Birney powerfully headed in Stewart's cross from the left.
Cathal Beacom drew the Mallards level just 6 minutes later however, with his third goal of the season. The midfielder's free kick was deflected by the Glentoran wall, and sneaked its way into the bottom right hand corner of the net.
The entertaining contest continued and it was a moment of genius that put Glentoran back in front. With 62 minutes on the clock, the ball was cleared from a corner, and just when there seemed to be no danger, Stewart fired an unstoppable 40 yard rocket into the top left hand corner of the net.
Substitute Jimmy Callacher headed in a third for the away side on 71 minutes to all but kill the game as a contest.
Ballinamallard were unlucky not to score another before the end however. Firstly, Elliott Morris acrobatically tipped a Lecky header over the bar, whilst Leon Carters rattled the crossbar from the resulting corner.
Glentoran added a fourth then in injury time when Stewart tapped in from close range after Rouse failed to hold a Henderson shot.
Glentoran were worthy winners for their second half performance, however the 4-1 scoreline was a little harsh on the home side.
Ballinamallard now enter a season defining sequence of 7 games, which include two games against Ballymena United, and one against each of Ards, Dungannon Swifts and Warrenpoint Town.
The half time draw was ticket number 6598 and claimed by a Glentoran fan.
Team: Rouse, Keohane, Stafford, Carters, N Beacom, Kee, Hutchinson (Feeney), C Beacom, Cashel (Lecky), Crawford (McManus), Campbell
Vs Crusaders (16th November, Away, League)
Ballinamallard's 4 match unbeaten run came to an end at Seaview on Saturday with Jordan Owens 90th minute winner.
The Mallards had taken the lead on 44 minutes. Goalkeeper Sean O'Neill spilled Ryan Campbell's shot, and Mark Stafford (pictured right) was on hand to poke in from close range.
Crusaders equalised on 63 minutes after a spell of sustained pressure. Eamon McAllister fired in after Magowan's header had been cleared off the line.
The Fermanagh side were harshly reduced to 10 men on 79 minutes when Jason McCartney was shown a red card for a late challenge on Magowan much to the anger of the Mallards support and players.
Crusaders sneaked a winner then in the 90th minute when Jordan Owens fired in from close range after Alvin Rouse spilled a cross.
The Mallards could certainly feel agreived at not taking a point from this encounter.
Team: Rouse, N Beacom, Stafford, Carters, Koehane, McCartney, Kee, Hutchinson, C Beacom, Cashel (Crawford), Campbell (Sheridan)
Vs Portadown (9th November, Home, League)
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It was the perfect weather for ducks at Ferney Park on Saturday!
Despite going a goal behind, Ballinamallard produced another fantastic second half performance to record a 2-1 win and continue a 4 game unbeaten streak.
Pacy striker Darren Murray caused the home side many problems in the first half and it was his goal on 3 minutes that put the Ports ahead, when he fired high into the net from a narrow angle.
That goal turned thoughts to the 11-0 mauling at Shamrock Park in September, but despite creating plenty of chances, Portadown failed to extend their lead.
Ex-Bohemians winger Peter McMahon, Neil McCafferty and Chris Casement all went close with efforts narrowly off target, whilst defender Gary Breen had his header cleared off the line by Danny Keohane.
Ballinamallard best chance of the half perhaps fell to Andy Crawford who found himself free at the back post, but he could only find the side netting. Jason McCartney also went close with a fierce shot in what was a frustrating first half for the Mallards.
A determined Ballinamallard side re-entered the field of play after half time and also got themselves level immediately when Ryan Campbell struck the post from a narrow angle.
Campbell did have the ball in the net minutes later when he was put through on goal by Cathal Beacom, but linesman Gareth Eakin adjudged it to be offside.
However with 58 minutes on the clock, the scores were level. Jason McCartney swung in a corner from infront of the Fisher Stand and defender Emmett Friars headed into his own net.
Home goalkeeper Feargal Murphy had to be alert to push away a strong Darren Murray free kick in one of few second half chances for Portadown as the Mallards took the game by the scruff of the net.
With 81 minutes on the clock, Stuart Hutchinson (pictured right) managed to sneak in behind the full back and gather a long ball forward, which he tucked under David Miskellly to edge the Mallards infront.
Murray again went close for Portadown but Murphy got a solid right hand to the ball to deflect wide as Portadown went home empty handed.
Team: Murphy, McConkey (N Beacom), Stafford, Carters, Keohane, McCartney, Kee, Hutchinson, C Beacom, Campbell (Sheridan), Crawford (Leckey)
Vs Warrenpoint Town (2nd November, Away, League)
Ballinamallard had to settle for a point at Stangmore Park on Saturday in a very entertaining game, played in horrible conditions.
Warrenpoint were by far the better side in the first 45 minutes, with their pace, movement, passing and pressing game causing the Mallards plenty of headaches.
Fergal Murphy retained his spot between the sticks, and he pulled off a stunning save just minutes into the game. Stephen Hughes looked certain to score from 5 yards out, but somehow Murphy deflected the shot over the bar.
'Point took a deserved lead on 18 minutes when Darren King headed in a Liam Bagnall corner.
Andy Crawford had a great chance to equalise when he was put through on goal by Cathal Beacom, but Johnathan Parr got his leg to the shot.
Whitey Anderson changed things around at half time, with McCartney coming off the bench to replace McIlwaine and on 50 minutes, the substitute hit the net.
Ryan Campbell moved back up to striker and his stinging shot was parried by Parr but McCartney was on hand to show great technique to volley in from a narrow angle.
Stuart Hutchinson then put the Mallards ahead with a fantastic curling shot which found the corner of the net on 62 minutes.
Ryan Campbell seen his lob land ontop of the net as the away side surged forward at every opportunity. A third goal for the Mallards would have killed the game but it was Warrenpoint that got the goal to level the scores.
On 73 minutes Cathal Beacom was adjudged to have handled a cross and Stephen Hughes netted in off the post from the spot.
Ballinamallard created several chances to win the game, with Stafford putting two headers narrowly wide.
In injury time, the Mallards thought they had won the game with a close range finish, but incredibly the linesman flagged for offside.
Team: Murphy, Keohane, Stafford, Carters, McConkey, C Beacom, Kee, Hutchinson, Campbell, Crawford (Sheridan), McIlwaine (McCartney)
|Vs Coleraine (26th October, Home, League)|
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A man of the match performance by goalkeeper Feargal Murphy (pictured right), prevented Coleraine from taking all the points at Ferney Park on Saturday. Murphy pulled off a number of great saves to deny the men from the North coast, who have now failed to beat the Mallards in the last five encounters.
The Bannsiders dominated the first half and should have been further ahead at the break than they were.
Crawford and Feeney both went close for the home side in the opening minutes, but that was as good as it got.
Coleraine took the lead with 13 minutes on the clock when they broke from a Ballinamallard corner. Eoin Bradley burst down the right wing from the half way line, before crossing for Gary Browne to score from close range.
Oran Kearney's men should have been two ahead on 20 minutes in a similar move to the opening goal. Stephen Carson's cross found Gareth Tommons free at the back post, but from close range, Feargal Murphy saved with his feet to deny the midfielder.
Bradley caused the home side numerous problems in the first half and he seen his volley go narrowly wide during an impressive 45 for Coleraine.
The Mallards reappeared after the interval and equalised on 54 minutes. Cathal Beacom's free kick, from out wide, sneaked inside the far post after evading everyone in the box; the midfielder's second goal in two games.
Whitey Anderson made 3 changes to try and push for the winner but it was Coleraine who came to the fore in the last quarter of the game with some heavy pressure.
On 66 minutes, Stephen Lowry broke from midfield and played in striker Gary Browne. The Ex-Glentoran and Linfield player put 3 defenders to the ground before curling a shot over the bar.
Duwayne McManus had one of the few chances for the Mallards, but his header from a Beacom corner comfortably found the arms of Wayne Drummond.
On 72 minutes Leon Carters cleared off the Ballinamallard goal line before Murphy spectacularly tipped over Gareth Tommons follow up effort.
Stephen Lowry seen his turn and shot held by Murphy whilst Bradley fired over from close range as Coleraine looked for a winner.
Tommons and Aaron Canning both seen their headers saved by Murphy in the closing stages as the Mallards escaped with a very valuable point.
Half time draw ticket 9096 is still unclaimed. Contact Mark Emerson to claim.
Team: Murphy, N Beacom (McConkey), Stafford, Carters, Keohane, Kee, Hutchinson, C Beacom, Campbell, Feeney (McManus), Crawford (McCartney)
Vs Glenavon (19th October Away, League)
Three second half goals seen the Mallards record a stunning 3-2 victory at a rain soaked Mournview Park on Friday evening.
The Lurgan Blues could have gone top of the table with a win, but the Fermanagh Blues had other ideas.
Kyle Neill put the home side ahead with only minutes on the clock, with an inswinging corner which deceived Fergal Murphy in the Mallard goals.
Gary Hamilton hit the bar shortly after with a lob over Murphy, but the goalkeeper then later pulled off a fine save to deny Andy McGrory.
Ryan Campbell pulled a goal back on 58 minutes. Cathal Beacom's corner caused panic in the home penalty area and 'Rocket' was on hand to poke in the equaliser.
Winky Murphy put his side back in front on 70 minutes with a commanding header from a Neill corner, but Mallards debutant Joshua McIlwaine took to the field to ruffle a few feathers.
McIlwaine challenged with Murphy for a header, and clashed heads, earning a free kick for his side. Cathal Beacom hit a low, hard drive which was deflected past John Connelly to again equalise for the Mallards.
With 4 minutes left on the clock, Beacom again caused problems with his corner delivery. Glenavon failed to properly clear the ball, and in the goal mouth scramble that followed, McIlwaine edged the ball over the line to spark pandemonium on the pitch and in the stands to mark a fine victory!
Team: Murphy, N Beacom, Stafford, Carters, Keohane, C Beacom, Kee, Hutchinson (Currie), Campbell, Feeney (McIlwaine), Crawford (Cashel)