Ballinamallard prepare for Premiership bow against Dungannon

David Jeffrey
Linfield manager David Jeffrey

Premiership new boys Ballinamallard United are without Stephen Feeney for their opening game of the season against neighbours Dungannon Swifts.

Feeney has been suffering from a slight thigh strain for the Ferney Park clash.

United manager Whitey Anderson has former Sligo Rovers striker Liam Martin at his disposal.

Dungannon will be without suspended quartet Ryan Mullan, Niall Morgan, Ryan O'Neill and Johnny Montgomery. Jamie Douglas and PJ Lavery are injured.

Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson will be without suspended duo Richard Gibson and Jason Hill for their match against Donegal Celtic, while new additions Kevin Bradley and Stephen McAlorum carry over suspensions from last season.

Patterson's opposite number, Stephen Small, will be without Shaun and Andrew Cleary, who both picked up knocks in pre-season.

Ballymena manager Glenn Ferguson must face former club Linfield without a number of his players.

Tony Kane, Chris Rodgers, Gavin Taggart and Gary Thompson are all serving one-match suspensions while Ross Black misses out through an ankle ligament injury.

Denver Gage is still recovering from an ongoing groin problem, and is doing light training only.

Teenager Neil Lowry is also in non-contact training, recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in the Foyle Cup, while Mark Surgenor is attending a wedding.

Linfield boss David Jeffrey has injury problems of his own, with defender Albert Watson out for another four to six weeks with ankle ligament damage.

Skipper Michael Gault is making slow progress from the broken toe he picked up in the Irish Cup semi-final, while the same injury rules out midfielder Nathan Hanley for another three months.

Winger Brian McCaul, returning after an excellent on-loan spell at Glenavon, is ruled out with a calf injury.

Midfielder Ryan Henderson is suspended, a carry-over from his Donegal Celtic days.

At Ballycastle Road, Oran Kearney has almost a full squad to pick from for Coleraine's fixture with Crusaders.

The Bannsiders are still waiting on clearance for defender Stuart McMullan, while new signing Mark Gillen is carrying a suspension.

Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter has a full squad to choose from, apart from new acquisition Paul Heatley, who is on holiday.

Cliftonville manager Tommy Breslin may be without up to four players for his side's encounter with Glenavon.

Emmet Templeton and Joe Gormley will definitely miss the game, while brothers Ronan and Chris Scannell are both injury doubts.

Danske Bank Premiership fixtures - Saturday 11 August - 15:00 BST

Ballinamallard United v Dungannon Swifts

Ballymena United v Linfield

Cliftonville v Glenavon

Coleraine v Crusaders

Glentoran v Donegal Celtic

Portadown v Lisburn Distillery

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