Patrick McNally - Player Profile

Full Name:Patrick McNally
Born:August 20th, 1994 (Belfast)
Position:Central Defender
Signed:January 29th, 2015
First Manager:Glenn Ferguson
Left Club:May 12th, 2016
Career Stats: 24 appearances, 2 goals
Full Debut: January 31st, 2015 - Linfield 2 - 1 Ballymena United (League - NIFL Premiership)
First Goal: September 22nd, 2015 - Ballymena United 5 - 0 Glebe Rangers (County Antrim Shield - Round 1)
Also Played For:Carrick Rangers, Celtic, Cliftonville, Glenavon

 Season  League Apps Gls ClnCtGR Yel Red W D L
 2015-2016  NIFL Premiership 13 (2) 2 4 0.27 3 0 46.7% 0.0% 53.3%
 2014-2015  NIFL Premiership 9 0 0 - 2 0 33.3% 0.0% 66.7%
22 (2) 2 4 0.17

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Most Recent 1st Team Starts:
 Apr 16th, 2016 League  (A)  vs. Carrick Rangers 2 - 0
 Apr 9th, 2016 League  (A)  vs. Dungannon Swifts 4 - 2
 Feb 12th, 2016 League  (H)  vs. Coleraine 0 - 2
 Jan 30th, 2016 League  (A)  vs. Ballinamallard United 2 - 4
 Jan 23rd, 2016 League  (H)  vs. Linfield 0 - 4
 Most Recent Goals:
 Jan 12th, 2016 County Antrim Shield  (A)  vs. Linfield 3 - 2
 Sep 22nd, 2015 County Antrim Shield  (H)  vs. Glebe Rangers 5 - 0

A tall no nonsense central defender who spent a season and a half at the Showgrounds after joining in January 2015, will be best remembered for scoring in the 2016 County Antrim Shield final against Linfield.

The Belfast native was a product of the Cliftonville Football Development Centre but moved to Celtic in July 2011 on a three year professional deal. McNally failed to make a breakthrough at the Glasgow Hoops but was a regular in Northern Ireland’s underage youth teams with caps at Under-17 and Under-19 level and a single Under-21 appearance against Cyprus in May 2013.

In August 2013 aged 19, McNally returned home to his boyhood club Cliftonville on loan for the remainder of the season whilst continuing to train with his parent club during the week. His role was limited to that of a squad player as the Reds retained their NIFL Premiership title during the 2013/2014 side. Following the expiration of his contract at Celtic Park, Paddy joined Gary Hamilton’s Glenavon side in September 2014.

The defender’s stay at Mourneview Park lasted only half a season before Glenn Ferguson moved to bring McNally to the Showgrounds during the January window on an 18-month contract. Despite his wholehearted performances, holding down a regular place in Ferguson’s starting eleven proved difficult during his time at Warden Street. Fortuitously McNally found himself starting the County Antrim Shield final in January 2016, due to Johnny Taylor’s suspension and his name will be forever etched in the history of the club as he scored the opening goal in a famous Shield final victory.

In May 2016, new Ballymena boss David Jeffrey announced that McNally would not be offered a new contract with the Sky Blues after 24 appearances and 2 goals. The central defender joined Carrick Rangers in July 2016.

Last updated: 5 March 2017

 Goals Scored
Sep 22nd, 2015 County Antrim Shield  (H)  vs. Glebe Rangers 5 - 0 (19')
Jan 12th, 2016 County Antrim Shield  (A)  vs. Linfield 3 - 2 (32')