United players’ last chance to seal semi-final places

Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson. Picture: Pacemaker Press.
Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson. Picture: Pacemaker Press.

Glenn Ferguson has warned his Ballymena United players they have just one chance left to claim Irish Cup semi-final places.

The Sky Blues entertain Danske Bank Premiership title favourites Crusaders this Saturday (3pm) in their final game before the March 21 showdown against Portadown at the Oval.

“There were players at Dungannon on Friday night who didn’t do themselves any favours,” said Ferguson.

“There are players who weren’t available on Friday night who will have a chance to come in and hopefully prove themselves.

Ferguson will welcome back skipper Allan Jenkins from a one-match suspension, but Gary Thompson and David Cushley miss the visit of the Crues for the same reason, while Johnny Taylor completes a two-game ban.

Saturday’s match will be preceded by the club’s final pre-match corporate lunch of the season, sponsored by Michelin Athletic Club.

Guests speaker is Gene Fitzpatrick, while top table guests include former Ballymena United favourites Graham Fox and Paul Malone.

* A special collection will be taken up at Saturday’s game in aid of Huntingdon’s Disease Association Northern Ireland.

* Anyone intending to travel on Seven Towers SC transport to the Irish Cup semi-final should buy a ticket from Tommy Patterson ASAP on 2564 8732.