LEAGUE CUP: Millar and Loughran flying the flag for Academy work at Ballymena

Lifelong links to the Ballymena United fanbase left Leroy Millar and Caolan Loughran often trailing the rest of the team during the post-match celebrations, WRITES PATRICK VAN DORT.

David Jeffrey holds aloft the League Cup following success for Ballymena United over Carrick Rangers. Pic by Pacemaker Ltd.

LEAGUE CUP: ‘First trophy’ joy for Jeffrey but focus on Ballymena title target

David Jeffrey clocked up the 32nd trophy success of his managerial career on Saturday - but ignored talk of a trip down memory lane to instead focus on Ballymena United’s bright future.


VIDEO: Exclusive match reaction from Ballymena’s historic League Cup win

Ballymena United made history on Saturday after they won the League Cup final for the first time.

Manager David Jeffrey (right) has dedicated Ballymena United's first League Cup triumph in club history to long-serving supporter Trevor Burns. Trevor has missed only a few games in almost six decades as a Sky Blues fan and, despite illness, managed to join his family at Seaview to cheer his beloved club to the landmark 2-0 victory against Carrick Rangers. Pic by Pacemaker Ltd.INBT08-100

LEAGUE CUP: Ballymena boss Jeffrey’s trophy tribute to a special supporter

David Jeffrey’s status as the most decorated manager in any modern Irish League dug-out would suggest a level of familiarity with the pressures provided by Cup Final Week.

Allan Jenkins celebrates with his daughter Macie after Ballymena United's first ever League Cup win. 
Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

IRISH LEAGUE: Jenkins keen to stay on after one of ‘proudest nights’

Few players in sky blue deserved a cup final goal more than Allan Jenkins.

Allan Jenkins with his daughter

PICTURE SPECIAL: Ballymena United celebrate winning League Cup

Ballymena United got their hands on the League Cup for the first time in the club's history after beating Carrick Rangers 2-0 at Seaview.

United's Allan Jenkins scores the opener

PICTURE SPECIAL: Ballymena United celebrate as they lift the League Cup at Seaview

Ballymena United got their hands on the League Cup after beating Carrick Rangers 2-0 at Seaview on Saturday.
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Ballymena's Allan Jenkins pictured after scoring his teams first goal

LEAGUE CUP FINAL: Ballymena United break Carrick Rangers hearts with landmark trophy thanks to Jenkins and McCloskey

Goals by Allan Jenkins and Conor McCloskey in the closing moments of each half handed Ballymena United a first League Cup victory in club history to break Carrick Rangers hopes and hearts with a 2-0 success.

Ballymena United's Allan Jenkins runs away to celebrate after making it 1-0

League Cup Final - Five things about the Seaview showdown that you may or may not want to know?

Ballymena United claimed the League Cup after seeing off Carrick Rangers 2-0 at Seaview on Saturday,

Ballymena's Johnny McMurray and Carrick's Mark Surgenor

League Cup final - Story of the match: Ballymena United 2-0 Carrick Rangers

Ballymena United won the League Cup for the first time in their history on Saturday.
Ballymena United boss David Jeffrey. Pic by Pacemaker.

Jeffrey hits out at the cup final critics

David Jeffrey has defended the right of both Ballymena United and Carrick Rangers to share the national spotlight in the League Cup final.

Things have been looking up for David Jeffrey's Ballymena so far this season. 
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

LEAGUE CUP FINAL: Jeffrey in familiar territory but still striving for success

David Jeffrey departed Linfield in 2014 as one of the Irish League’s most decorated figures but comfortable with a decision to walk away from football management.

Ballymena United's Johnny McMurray and strike partner Cathair Friel. 
Picture by Brian Little/Press Eye

LEAGUE CUP FINAL: Punctured in pre-season but Ballymena’s forwards enjoying striking success

Johnny McMurray is loving life at the Ballymena Showgrounds and the centre-forward is hoping and praying that he can run riot with strike partner Cathair Friel in Saturday’s League Cup Final against Carrick Rangers at Seaview.

The Northern Ireland Football League Cup - although it was originally the prize for another competition. 

Photographer - Matt Mackey / Press Eye

LEAGUE CUP FINAL: Will Ballymena or Carrick make history this weekend?

History will be made on Saturday as either Ballymena United or Carrick Rangers will win the League Cup for the first time.

Ballymena's Jim Ervin. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye

LEAGUE CUP FINAL: Ervin’s experience key to unlocking Ballymena’s future

Jim Ervin will look around the Seaview changing room on Saturday leading up to kick-off in the knowledge he stands alone in terms of medals and big-game memories.

Ballymena United's Caolan Loughran.

Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

LEAGUE CUP FINAL: Loughran ready for big Carrick bout

Ballymena United defender Caolan Loughran has been spending hours training under the watchful eye of a form er boxing World Champion before he takes to the field at Seaview on Saturday.

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This weekend's League Cup final will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. 
Photographer - Matt Mackey / Press Eye

IRISH LEAGUE: NIFL and Sky Sports announce five year deal

The Irish League is back on Sky Sports.

Northern Ireland will meet New Zealand at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in June

FOOTBALL: Northern Ireland line up international friendly with New Zealand

Northern Ireland will face New Zealand in an international friendly in Belfast this summer.

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Gavin Whyte breaks the deadlock for Crusaders against Ballymena United. Pic by Pacemaker.

Crues move closer to crown

Just 10 games to go and Crusaders have posted a 21st win of the campaign as they aim to make it a trio of title triumphs in consecutive years.

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Crusaders David Cushley  and Ballymena's Tony Kane

IRISH LEAGUE: Crusaders stay top with home win over Ballymena


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