Ferguson backs United’s players to respond in Shield final

Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson hopes to lead the Sky Blues to a second County Antrim Shield triumph in just over three years. Picture: Press Eye.
Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson hopes to lead the Sky Blues to a second County Antrim Shield triumph in just over three years. Picture: Press Eye.

Glenn Ferguson has backed his players to respond to their weekend disappointment in Tuesday’s Toals County Antrim Shield final.

Ballymena United return to Windsor Park to face Linfield in the decider, three days after losing to the same opponents in the Tennent’s Irish Cup.

“We proved on Saturday we can match Linfield going into Tuesday night,” said Ferguson, who previously led Ballymena to Shield success in 2012.

“Hopefully the boys learned something from Saturday and we can take the positives from it.

“I will do my best to lift the boys and I’m sure they can lift themselves to go there again and hopefully take the game to them.

“We will need to play better and defend better, stop crosses into the box - there were too many of those on Saturday.

“We have a squad of players we believe are capable of playing and we’ll have to have a head count and see who’s available.

“We need to try to get ourselves in front and give ourselves something to hold onto - there have been too many times this season where we have been chasing the game.”

Ferguson will be without central defender Johnny Taylor who is automatically suspended following his last minute red card in Saturday’s defeat but Gary Thompson should be fit following a head wound.

* Seven Towers SC bus to tonight’s game leaves Henry Street car park at 6.15pm.

* United fans still requiring tickets for tonight’s game can purchase them from the Kiosk, Ballymena railway station, or Stirling Trophies, Queen Street.