Seaview defeat a reality check for United - Kane

Tony Kane has been one of Ballymena United's most consistent players in recent weeks. Picture: Press Eye.
Tony Kane has been one of Ballymena United's most consistent players in recent weeks. Picture: Press Eye.

TONY Kane admits Ballymena United’s weekend drubbing at Crusaders took the shine off his midweek wonder strike at Glentoran.

The full-back’s spectacular 30-yard drive in the last minute gave the Sky Blues yet another victory at the Oval.

However, Saturday’s heavy defeat brought a cold, hard dose of reality for former Blackburn Rovers apprentice and his team-mates.

“I guess it shows the highs and lows of football once again.

“With the exception of Chris Morrow’s wonder goal they weren’t great goals that Crusaders scored.

“They were poor goals from our point of view and as a unit, we were poor defensively. We didn’t squeeze the ball and we didn’t get tight.

“It certainly wasn’t the best performance and we have to bounce back against Donegal Celtic this week.”

Just a few days earlier it was a much happier changing room thanks to Kane’s thunderbolt which earned Ballymena three points at the Oval

“I just rolled my foot over it and tried to make a good connection.

“I was going to cross it and then I thought I would hit it.

“It was one of those where, as the old cliché says, I knew it was going in as soon as it left my foot.

It was a great moment for me and I really enjoyed it.

“We have some record at the Oval and it was good to get a win but disappointing that we followed it up the way we did at Seaview.”

Kane, after a difficult start to his Ballymena career last season – littered with disciplinary issues and setbacks – has been one of the stand-out players in recent months, illustrated by him winning the Seven Towers Supporters’ Club’s Player of the Month award in both November and December

“It’s nice to be recognised by the supporters, that they think you’re doing a good job for the team.

“Last year it was up after down after up after down for me.

“This year I started off well, then Glenn took me out for two or three games but I reckon I’ve done well over the last four or five months.

“I’ve managed to stay free of injuries and suspensions and I’ve had a good run of games which has helped.”

The right-back also refutes suggestions that Ballymena’s season now hinges upon a good run in the Irish Cup.

“Certainly you never know what the Irish Cup brings but if we can put together a wee run in the league you never know where we might finish.

“We’ll just keep fighting until the end of the season and see where it takes us,” adds Tony.