Danske Bank Premiership: Warrenpoint Town v Crusaders (today, 3pm) WARRENPOINT manager Barry Gray admits it is fair to say his squad are a happy bunch given their Christmas exploits to date, but is wary of the impact the games have had on his small squad.
THE year began with a stream of FAI denials and legal threats and ended with an FAI apology to everyone associated with Irish football after it was revealed the governing body had debts of €55m and were up the creek without paddle.
Danske Bank Premiership: Larne 1 Cliftonville 2 CLIFTONVILLE manager Paddy McLaughlin says it is ice baths not turkey dinners his players will be sick of the sight of by the time they get their hectic Christmas period over them.
Toal’s Bookmakers Co Antrim Steel & Sons Cup final: Newington 1 Linfield Swifts 3 LINFIELD Swifts lifted the Steel & Sons Cup on Christmas morning for the 11th time in the club’s history after overcoming Newington who defeated them in the decider two years earlier.
Danske Bank Premiership Coleraine 2 Ballymena United 0 COLERAINE kept their title challenge on track with a derby win over Ballymena at Ballycastle Road thanks to first-half strikes from Josh Carson and Jamie Glackin.
Danske Bank Irish Premiership: Crusaders 1 Cliftonville 2 CLIFTONVILLE raced to the top of the Irish Premiership last night thanks a brace from the brilliant Conor McMenamin to sink north Belfast rivals Crusaders at Seaview.
Danske Bank Irish Premiership: Crusaders 1 Cliftonville 2 CLIFTONVILLE’S two-goal derby hero Conor McMenamin heaped praise on manager Paddy McLaughlin for showing belief in him, as the Reds jumped to the top of the table following yesterday’s fine win over Crusaders.
Danske Bank Premiership (All games 3pm) Coleraine v Ballymena United COLERAINE have hit a bump in road recently, winning one of their last five in the league, while Ballymena seem to have got over their slump, winning three out of the last three.
Danske Bank Premiership: Cliftonville 1 Coleraine 0 CLIFTONVILLE manager Paddy McLaughlin hopes Saturday’s win over Coleraine – their first in the league this season over a fellow top-four side – will keep the critics quiet for a week or two.
Danske Bank Irish Premiership: Carrick Rangers v Glentoran (today, 3pm) CARRICK Rangers manager Niall Currie wants his players to show the “honesty, hard work and desire” that the late Jerry Thompson displayed every time he wore the orange jersey as they return to action this afternoon after mourning the loss of their team-mate and friend.
Danske Bank Irish Premiership: Cliftonville v Coleraine (today, 3pm) GOAL machine Joe Gormley insists his excellent goal-scoring form this season is down to the faith boss Paddy McLaughlin has shown in him as the Reds resume against high-flying Coleraine this afternoon.
THE FonaCab-sponsored Youth Development League programme has evolved into one of the most successful of its kind with Cliftonville’s Head of Academy Marc Smyth insisting that “fun” is the key ingredient, writes Brendan Crossan.
WHO would've thought a post-match Big Mac meal would play a part in hastening the departure of Aiden McGeady at Sunderland Football Club? The former Republic of Ireland winger and team-mate Chris Maguire were 'caught' eating in the fast food chain just hours after Sunderland had lost 1-0 to Gillingham.