Munster set for final appearance in United shirt

Veteran Ballymena United defender David Munster will retire from football after Saturday's game against Dungannon Swifts. Picture: Press Eye.

Veteran Ballymena United defender David Munster will retire from football after Saturday's game against Dungannon Swifts. Picture: Press Eye.

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David Munster is poised to bring the curtain down on his long Irish League career this weekend.

The veteran Ballymena United defender will retire after Saturday’s final home game of the season against Dungannon Swifts, which has a 2pm kick-off.

“We have tried to get Davy fit over the last three weeks to try to get him some playing time before he retires.

Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson

Munster (36) has made 125 appearances for the club since being signed by Roy Walker.

He had initially planned to hang up the boots last summer but was persuaded to stay for another year by manager Glenn Ferguson, although injuries have curtailed his appearances this term.

“Davy has been absolutely excellent for us since we have come in and before that as well,” said Ferguson.

“We have tried to get Davy fit over the last three weeks to try to get him some playing time before he retires.

“I told him he will maybe have to rest Tuesday and Thursday and we’ll get him on at some stage against Dungannon.

“He has been a good pro and you want to try to send him off in the right way.”

Ferguson says he will involve some younger players in the squad for the match against Swifts and, although seventh place in the league is already assured, Ferguson wants to pick up maximum points to break the 50 points barrier in the league.

We’ll try to filed as strong a team as possible to try to pick up the three points.

“It would be good to get some younger players some playing time but you have to be fair to the players who’ve played all year as well

“There will be players who have played all year and who will want to play in the last game of the season but injuries will dictate what we can do,” added Ferguson.

After Saturday’s game, the club’s end-of-season awards buffet will take place in the Des Allen Suite, starting at 4.30pm. Tickets priced at £7 will be available on Saturday.

* Paramount SC holds its final monthly table quiz of the season in the Bowling Club this Friday night (8.30pm).