Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey hailed the Sky Blues faithful after Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Coleraine in the quarter-finals of the Irish Cup at the Showgrounds.
Two goals apiece from Eoin Bradley and Jamie McGonigle ended United’s hopes of lifting the trophy for the first time since 1989.
Over 1750 fans filled the United side of the ground and Jeffrey says their support was very much appreciated.
“See the supporters, I am going to bang on about them because they were absolutely brilliant,” he said. “At other clubs the fans would have gone mad after their side getting chinned by their fiercest rivals.
“And I appreciate their support and I think they knew it was just one of those days. Our supporters are brilliant, fantastic and I can’t thank them enough.
“I am sorry for letting them down but they will say ‘you didn’t let us done’ and we didn’t let them down because it was one of those days. But our supporters have been first-class this year - first- class.”
United will now face Portadown in the league at the Showgrounds on Saturday and Jeffrey says a win against the Ports is vital.
“Every point now is a prisoner from now until the end of the season,” added Jeffrey.