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New striker signed!

Thursday, 12 January 2017

New striker signed! thumbnailArds striker Joe McKinney: on his way to joining Ballymena United. GB02Joe McKinney P48

BALLYMENA United have signed a new striker, writes Shaun O'Neill.
Guardian Sport understands that Ards hit-man Joe McKinney is on his way to the Showgrounds.
McKinney can operate as centre-forward, wide or in the middle of the park.
United have got the 23-year-old on a pre-contract.
The Sky Blues know exactly how good a player McKinney is - earlier in the season he gave the United defenders a torrid time.
He scored twice against the Braidmen in Ards' County Antrim Shield quarter-final success.
It is possible the McKinney move to the Showgrounds could be completed during this month's transfer window.
To date the Crossgar based player has scored half a dozen goals from Ards, and turned in some very impressive performances.
Ballymena manager David Jeffrey declined to comment on the McKinney signing.
Just last week the Showgrounds boss hinted that up to three new personnel could be coming to United.
He has targeted them - and if all goes according to plan the Ballymena ranks will be strengthened by up to three new faces.
Meanwhile, at the weekend United booked their place in the sixth round of the Tennent's Irish Cup with a 4-3 win over Cliftonville after a penalty shoot-out at the Showgrounds.
The end-to-end clash ended 1-1 - and 30 minutes of extra time also failed to separate the sides.
In the shoot-out Ballymena 'keeper Ross Glendinning saved two of the spot-kicks - the first one an absolute wonder one-handed block!
It was left to big Scot Allan Jenkins, who came on as sub, to hold his nerve and blast the Sky Blues into the next round.
Ballymena have been drawn away to Championship 1 side Harland and Woolf Welders in the tie which is on February 4 (3pm).
Manager Jeffrey urged caution - "We avoided a senior team but anyone who thinks Welders are a passage way into the next round needs their head examined. It is going to be a tough, tough game."
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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