Ballinamallard United cleared to play in Premiership

Ballinamallard United celebrate after winning Championship One
Ballinamallard United celebrate after winning Championship One

Ballinamallard United have been granted permission to take their place in the Irish Premiership next season by the IFA's Club Licensing Committee.

The Fermanagh outfit have been awarded a Championship licence, but have one year to ensure that their facilities match up to top-flight standard.

The club earned automatic promotion by winning the Championship One title.

Ballinamallard officials are hopeful that they will be able to host their home matches at their own ground.

If they are unable to do this, they have the option of playing their home fixtures at Dungannon Swifts' Stangmore Park stadium.

Cliftonville, Coleraine, Crusaders, Glentoran, Linfield and Portadown were all awarded Uefa Club Licenses while all the existing Premiership clubs have had their domestic licences renewed.

Newry City, who are involved in a promotion/relegation play-off with Lisburn Distillery over two legs this week, have also been handed a Premiership licence in the event of their promotion.

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