Ballymena and Crusaders prepare to do battle in County Antrim Shield final

It will be a case of inspiration from aspiration for Ballymena United in tonight’s County Antrim Shield final (7.45pm).

Michael O'Neill

10 tweets to sum up how NI fans feel about Michael O'Neill's decision to stay

Michael O'Neill is STAYING put with Northern Ireland and the Green and White Army is happy. Very happy.
All six Danske Bank Premiership games will now be played on the Friday night.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

IRISH LEAGUE: Games rescheduled following NI friendly announcement

The Northern Ireland Football League have announced that all Danske Bank Premiership fixtures scheduled for Saturday 24 March will now be played on Friday 23 March (kick-off 7.45pm).

The week was dominated by Irish Cup action

IRISH LEAGUE QUIZ: The week that was ... were you paying attention?

The Irish Cup took centre stage for Irish League clubs this week and we're keen to know if you, the faithful fans, were paying attention.
Ballymena United

Ballymena United tribute to fan who took ill at match and later died

Ballymena United Football Club has paid tribute to a fan who took ill at Saturday's Irish Cup match and later died.
Darren Henderson

Darren Henderson: I’m proud of reaching 100 Irish League goals, but I don’t want to stop there!

Top-flight experience across an Irish League career with clubs such as Coleraine, Glentoran, Dungannon Swifts and Ballymena United has left Darren Henderson in the ton-up strikers’ club with over 100 goals.

Glentoran and Warrenpoint were locked at 0-0

Irish League matches abandoned in Storm Eleanor to be replayed

All three Dankse Bank Prmiership matches abandoned during Storm Eleanor are to be replayed, it has emerged.

Fans file out of Solitude after last night's Premiership match between Cliftonville and Ballymena United was abandoned

Rearranged Irish League match abandoned in Storm Eleanor will be free of charge for fans

Cliftonville Football Club will grant fans free admission to the rearranged league game with Ballymena United after last night's match was abandoned due to Storm Eleanor.

Officials and players leave the ground after the match at Solitude was abandoned due to adverse weather conditions

IRISH LEAGUE: Cliftonville and Ballymena managers agree with decision to stop match

Ballymena United boss David Jeffrey saluted a rare and notable distinction at Solitude last night – everybody left the ground in full agreement with the referee’s decision-making.

Kyle Owens netted Ballymena's third goal as they came back to defeat third placed, Glenavon at Warden Street.

IRISH LEAGUE: Ballymena United back into sixth after comeback win over Glenavon

Ballymena United 3, Glenavon 1

Jonny Evans

FOOTBALL: West Brom planning on life without Jonny Evans

West Brom boss Alan Pardew has admitted for the first time he has made plans for life without Jonny Evans.

Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

IRISH LEAGUE: Glenavon fighting the pain game going into Ballymena United visit

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton feels mental strength marks the main challenge facing Irish League players across the frantic festive fixture list that demands four Danske Bank Premiership dates inside 11 days.

Coleriane Ciaron Harkin and Ballymena Gary Thompson

IRISH LEAGUE: Coleraine and Ballymena United shared points in festive draw

Coleraine and Ballymena United were forced to settle for a share of the spoils as Kyle Owens’ deflected header earned the Sky Blues a deserved 1-1 draw at The Showgrounds.

Coleriane Jamie McGonigle celebrates

IRISH LEAGUE: Reaction from Oran Kearney and David Jeffrey after Boxing Day derby draw

The Boxing Day spoils were shared at The Showgrounds between Coleraine and Ballymena United.

Ballymena's Mathew Shevlin scores during the 2-1 loss at Crusaders

IRISH LEAGUE: David Jeffrey urgest Sky Blues to give it a go against leaders Coleraine

Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey is determined to enjoy the Boxing Day derby date at Coleraine - in spite of a gap between the old rivals of 27 points in the Danske Bank Premiership table.


IRISH LEAGUE REACTION: David Jeffrey proud of players inspite of Ballymena loss to Crusaders

Ballymena suffered a 2-1 loss to Crusaders in spite of taking a 1-0 lead against Danske Bank title chasing Crusaders

Gavin Whyte scores  for Crusaders against Ballymena

IRISH LEAGUE: Crusaders come from behind to beat Ballymena United


Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter. Pic by INPHO.

IRISH LEAGUE: Baxter calling on Crusaders’ collective confidence ahead of Ballymena visit

Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter considers collective strength key to the club’s impressive consistency.

Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis

FOOTBALL: Northern Ireland to play Panama and Costa Rica in 2018

Northern Ireland will travel to Central America next year to play Panama in Panama City on Tuesday 29 May before taking on Costa Rica on Sunday 3 June in San Jose.

Conor McCloskey netted Ballymena's second goal as they came back to claim all three points against Carrick.

IRISH LEAGUE: Ballymena move into sixth after comeback win against Carrick

Ballymena United 3, Carrick Rangers 1

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