Friel enjoying life at United as he hits another goal against Reds

Cathair Friel
Cathair Friel

Cathair Friel hit the target again on Saturday as Ballymena United saw off Cliftonville 3-2 at the Showgrounds.

The former Limavady hitman has now scored five goals in his last five games to bring his season’s tally to six.

And Friel - who has built up a good understanding with strike partner Johnny McMurray - says he is enjoying life at the Showgrounds.

“Scoring the goals is filling me with confidence and they are going in from inside the box and outside the box.

“Like the goal today. I hit it, it took a deflection and ended up in the net.

“I set myself the target of getting ten goals this season and I may have to move that target and up the standard.

“At the start of preseason I felt the difference between Limavady and United.

“It was very tough as it is two leagues above what I had been playing.

“But I put in the hard work and it is paying off and hopefully that continues.

“It has been a long haul getting my fitness up, but I am enjoying it.

“I didn’t really know what to expect but it is a big step-up and it is great to play with Johnny McMurray up-front. We are similar types of players but we just seemed to have clicked and gelled well.” he added.

On Saturday Ballymena travel to Shamrock Park to face Portadown.

The Ports have had a mixed start to the season but it will still be a tough test for United (kick-off 3pm).