Irish Cup final: Ballinamallard to appeal against Josh McIlwaine's three-match ban

Josh McIlwaine
McIlwaine was shown a straight red against Carrick on Saturday

Ballinamallard United are still hopeful that Josh McIlwaine will feature in the Irish Cup final as the County Fermanagh side prepare to contest the striker's three-match ban.

McIlwaine was sent off on Saturday after an off-the-ball incident with Carrick Rangers' Caolan Loughran.

The Mallards are hoping to have the punishment reduced to a two game suspension.

Harry McConkey's side will face Crusaders in the final on 4 May.

The appeal will be submitted on Tuesday afternoon and, if successful, McIlwaine would likely miss Ballinamallard's final Championship fixtures against Portadown and league champions Larne.