IRISH LEAGUE: Jenkins vows United won’t suffer cup hangover

Onwards! That's the message from Ballymena United's Allan Jenkins after League Cup success. Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press
Onwards! That's the message from Ballymena United's Allan Jenkins after League Cup success. Photo Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

Allen Jenkins insists Ballymena United won’t be suffering from a League Cup hangover when they travel to face Ballinamallard United in the Danske Bank Premier League tomorrow afternoon.

The Scottish midfielder was among the goalscorers as the Sky Blues saw off Carrick Rangers 2-0 to get their hands on the trophy.

But Jenkins says United will not rest on their laurels for the rest of the season.

“Winning the Cup was great for the club, fans, players and the town, but the manager David Jeffrey has set us a new target.

“We want to finish fourth or higher and get European football and we still have the Irish Cup to play for.

“Winning the Cup was a boost but we are all determined to kick-on and see what we can achieve this season.

“And to be honest confidence is high as the minute and with all due respect to all the other teams - we don’t fear anyone at the minute.”

Ballinamallard were beaten heavily by Glenavon on the Friday night before United’s Cup success as Seaview - but Jenkins expects a tough afternoon.

“It is never easy down there and they are tough to beat on their home patch. They might be in a period of transition as Whitey Anderson has been replaced by Gavin Dykes as the manager down there.

“It will be tough but we want to kick-on from the Cup win and it is always a pleasure to play there because the playing surface is fantastic.”