IRISH LEAGUE: Honours even between Ballymena and Coleraine

Ballymena United and Coleraine had to make do with a share of the spoils in a tense encounter at The Showgrounds.

The post split fixtures for the Danske Bank Premiership have been announced.

IRISH LEAGUE: NIFL confirm post-split Premiership fixtures

The Northern Ireland Football League Premiership Management Committee has confirmed the post-split fixtures for the Danske Bank Premiership.

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Coleraine's Eoin Bradley celebrates after he scored the opener in his side's win over Coleraine

IN PICTURES: 10 of the best photos from Irish League matches at the weekend

It was another action packed weekend in the Irish League with wins for Ards, leaders Crusaders, Coleraine, Glenavon and Ballymena.
Ballymena United  Michael Kerr  celebrates scoring against Portadown on Saturday

IRISH LEAGUE: Kerr aims to kick on after surprise debut goal

Ballymena United defender Michael Kerr had a debut to remember as his goal helped the Sky Blues to a 3-0 win against Portadown at the Showgrounds.

Ballymena United's Johnny McMurray  and Portadown's  Jordan Lyttle

IRISH LEAGUE: Ballymena United hit three past Portadown at the Showgrounds

Ballymena United 3 Portadown 0

David Jeffrey

IRISH LEAGUE: Ballymena United boss David Jeffrey wary of wounded Portadown

Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey is sure Portadown will come to the Showgrounds on Saturday with a point to prove in the Danske Bank Premiership.

BT Sport have bought the rights to show live Champions League games.

No more Champions League on terrestrial TV following £1.2bn BT deal

The Champions League is set to vanish from terrestrial TV following BT Sport’s £1.2bn deal for the rights to show Europe’s top football competition.

Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey. Pic by Pacemaker.

IRISH LEAGUE: Ballymena boss salutes Sky Blues support

Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey hailed the Sky Blues faithful after Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Coleraine in the quarter-finals of the Irish Cup at the Showgrounds.

Ballymena United  manager David Jeffrey  and Coleraine manager Oran Kearney

IRISH CUP: Sky Blues boss David Jeffrey gutted as rivals Coleraine march on

Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey was brutally honest after watching his side’s 4-0 Irish Cup defeat to Coleraine on Saturday.

Coleraine's Jamie McGonigle celebrates after giving his side the lead at the Showgrounds

IRISH CUP: Eoin Bradley and Jamie McGonigle order a double as Coleraine beat Ballymena United at the Showgrounds

Ballymena United 0 Coleraine 4

David Jeffrey

IRISH CUP: David Jeffrey and Oran Kearney ready for ‘massive’ Cup encounter

Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey and Coleraine boss Oran Kearney are both licking their lips in anticipation of Saturday’s Irish Cup quarter-final showdown at the Ballymena Showgrounds.

David Jeffrey with a few United fans

Sky Blue Trevor mourned by fans right across the Irish League

The entire Irish League fan ‘community’ is mourning the death of a Ballymena man who epitomised the heart and soul of local football.

Southampton skipper Steven Davis

Ballymena's Steven Davis takes no comfort from Southampton's brilliant display against United

Southampton's brilliant display in the League Cup final is no consolation for not winning the trophy, says Ballymena's Steven Davis.

Onwards! That's the message from Ballymena United's Allan Jenkins after League Cup success. Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

IRISH LEAGUE: Jenkins vows United won’t suffer cup hangover

Allen Jenkins insists Ballymena United won’t be suffering from a League Cup hangover when they travel to face Ballinamallard United in the Danske Bank Premier League tomorrow afternoon.

Northern Ireland football manager Michael O'Neill after he received his Member of the Order of British Empire (MBE) medal

Northern Ireland boss, Michael O’Neill, MBE, talks football with the Queen!

Michael O’Neill talked football with the Queen as he was appointed an MBE at Buckingham Palace.

Ballymena United players Leroy Millar and Caolan Loughran pose with the League Cup trophy in front of supporters. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

LEAGUE CUP: Millar and Loughran flying the flag for Academy work at Ballymena

Lifelong links to the Ballymena United fanbase left Leroy Millar and Caolan Loughran often trailing the rest of the team during the post-match celebrations, WRITES PATRICK VAN DORT.

David Jeffrey holds aloft the League Cup following success for Ballymena United over Carrick Rangers. Pic by Pacemaker Ltd.

LEAGUE CUP: ‘First trophy’ joy for Jeffrey but focus on Ballymena title target

David Jeffrey clocked up the 32nd trophy success of his managerial career on Saturday - but ignored talk of a trip down memory lane to instead focus on Ballymena United’s bright future.


VIDEO: Exclusive match reaction from Ballymena’s historic League Cup win

Ballymena United made history on Saturday after they won the League Cup final for the first time.

Manager David Jeffrey (right) has dedicated Ballymena United's first League Cup triumph in club history to long-serving supporter Trevor Burns. Trevor has missed only a few games in almost six decades as a Sky Blues fan and, despite illness, managed to join his family at Seaview to cheer his beloved club to the landmark 2-0 victory against Carrick Rangers. Pic by Pacemaker Ltd.INBT08-100

LEAGUE CUP: Ballymena boss Jeffrey’s trophy tribute to a special supporter

David Jeffrey’s status as the most decorated manager in any modern Irish League dug-out would suggest a level of familiarity with the pressures provided by Cup Final Week.

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