Glenn Ferguson says tonight’s WASP Solutions League Cup semi-final is hugely significant in Ballymena United’s season.
The Sky Blues travel to Ballinamallard United tonight (8pm) with a place in January’s final at stake.
“It’s going to be a difficult game going down there but there’s a final at stake and if the players can’t raise their game for that, they shouldn’t be playing football,” said Ferguson.
“They’ve got to be ready to fight tooth and nail and put their bodies on the line.
“To reach the final would give the players, staff and supporters a lift at this stage of the season and hopefully come the January transfer window, if we’ve identified any players that we want to go and attract, they will see that they are coming to a team who can reach cup finals, so it’s important in that regard as well.
“We’ve been in numerous semi-finals and a couple of finals so hopefully this time we can take the extra step.
“Ballinamallard have big, strong men where they need them in the back four but going forward, they have the likes of Jason McCartney, Liam Martin, John Currie, small skilful, quality players and they have the right mix.
“We have to take the positives out of how we have done against Ballinamallard in the last two times we’ve played them at home,” added Ferguson.
Seven Towers SC transport to tonight’s game leaves Henry Street car park at 5.15pm. A limited number of bus tickets, priced at £10, are still available from Tommy Patterson on 2564 8732.