Manager wants side to focus on league

Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson. Picture: Press Eye.

Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson. Picture: Press Eye.

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Ballymena United manager has warned his players they can’t take Irish Cup semi-final places for granted in their forthcoming league games.

The Sky Blues’ fate of a bottom six finish in the Danske Bank Premiership has already been sealed, with United’s season hinging upon the Irish Cup.

But United have two league games before then, the first of them this Friday night when they travel to Dungannon Swifts (7.45pm) in a match which forms part of the Northern Ireland Football League’s experiment of Friday night games.

“The next round of the cup comes up very quickly and our season is still very much alive.

“We want to keep picking up league points and we won’t be taking our foot off the pedal in the league.

“We want to beat our total of 51 points which is the best total Ballymena have achieved and we want to keep our cup run going,” added Ferguson, who will be without the suspended Johnny Taylor and Allan Jenkins for the trip to Stangmore Park.

Seven Towers Supporters’ Club transport for Friday’s match leaves Henry Street car park at 6.15pm. Anyone - both members and non-members - intending to travel on Seven Towers transport to the Irish Cup semi-final must purchase a ticket from either Tommy Patterson (2564 8732) or Uel Allen (2564 2903).

Seven Towers SC expresses sympathy to Maurice Gibson on the passing of his brother, Charles.