IRISH LEAGUE: Ballymena United’s Johnny McMurray up for Crusaders test

Ballymena's Johnny McMurray
Ballymena's Johnny McMurray

Ballymena United striker Johnny McMurray is relishing the chance of taking on league leaders Crusaders at the Showgrounds on Saturday afternoon.

And McMurray - who with strike partner Cathair Friel has been terrorising defences so far this season - says they are looking forward to facing the challenge of the best team in the league.

“It’s a big game but we are not afraid of anybody. It is about time we put something right.

“At the start of the season we played well against the Crues but once you go down 4-0 at half-time it is tough to take before losing 6-0.

“But as I said we have not been beaten since.

“We are nine unbeaten so we fear no-one. We are not afraid and we have been waiting on the Crues and now we can’t wait.”

United lost 6-0 to Crusaders on the opening day of the season but McMurray says they have come back fighting.

“The Crues are well ahead of any other team in the league but we believe Saturday is going to be a different game.

“And to be honest we are not afraid of anyone at the minute. In every position here there is somebody competing to get in to the team.

“There is people in every position looking to get back into the team. That’s the way David Jeffrey has it here.

“ If you have a bad game, you will be out and you will have to fight to get back in to the team.

“So everyone is fighting for that starting place,” he added.

And McMurray thought the Sky Blues played well when they defeated Linfield 4-1 in the League Cup on Wednesday night.

“Linfield played a game in Scotland on Sunday before they met us and they may have been tired but we battered them and deserved the win.”

In the other games on Saturday Linfield entertain Ballinamallard United.

Carrick host Glenavon, Cliftonville face Ards, Dungannon Swifts are up against Glentoran and Portadown play Coleraine.