Jenkins says 5-5 draw shows anything can happen in football

Allan Jenkins celebrates scoring Ballymena's late equaliser in the 5-5 draw at Portadown. Picture: Press Eye.
Allan Jenkins celebrates scoring Ballymena's late equaliser in the 5-5 draw at Portadown. Picture: Press Eye.

When someone in football as long as Allan Jenkins is left scratching his head, then you know you’ve witnessed something pretty remarkable.

It was Jenkins who finally brought the curtain down on an amazing afternoon at Shamrock Park as his late goal secured a 5-5 draw for Ballymena United in a game which will live long in the memory.

“I’ve never been involved in a 5-5 before and the strange thing is, it could have been six each or seven each,” Jenkins told Times Sport.

“I’m loathe to use the word farcical but it was certainly good entertainment for people who pay money to see goals. They probably got their money’s worth for a few games in that one!

“I was delighted to get the equaliser that earned us a point although I thought I should have had another one which David Miskelly saved but Darren Boyce was on hand to score.

“I was disappointed with my part in Portadown’s third goal - I thought the ball was going out but Michael Gault kept the ball alive and they scored from it so it was nice to make amends for that.

“We need to turn our attention now to the cup final and take the positives out of the Portadown game.

“We looked a threat going forward against a team who are above us in the league.

“We could have scored a few more but we have to defend a lot better. The facts are there that we’ve conceded more goals than any other team - it doesn’t take Stephen Hawking to work that one out.

“We haven’t defended well but we don’t point the finger at our defenders. We win as a team and lose as a team as evidence by Johnny Taylor scoring to get us back in the game.

“As a team we’re not doing well enough defensively and we have to rectify that ahead of the cup final.

“For my money, Cliftonville’s two strikers are the best in the business and we don’t want to leave big gaps for them at Windsor Park.

“We have shown we can compete with them, especially the 4-3 County Antrim Shield game where we should have won it even after Aaron Stewart was sent off.

“The 7-0 was a bit of a freak game but at the game at our place we were 1-0 up and should have had a penalty.

“It will be an interesting game, especially with Cliftonville having a wee bit of a lull in form at the minute.

“We need to be positive because in cup finals, and Irish League games in general, anything can happen - Saturday’s result certainly proved that.

“I’ll certainly be disappointed if we score five goals this Saturday and don’t win!”

Jenkins is hopeful that he can continue his impressive goalscoring form at Windsor Park, after his last goal at the national stadium wasn’t enough to bring the Irish Cup back to Ballymena.

“The only nice memory I have of scoring in the Irish Cup final is of waving to my daughter, Macie, in the crowd but in a footballing sense, there was no satisfaction because of the result.

“She’s coming over again this Saturday so hopefully I can score again and maybe this time there’ll be a happier ending,” added Jenkins.