VIDEO: Ferguson stunned by 5-5 draw at Portadown

Glenn Ferguson admitted he was stunned by Ballymena United’s remarkable 5-5 draw at Portadown on Saturday.

But amid the excitement of the frantic finish at Shamrock Park, what impressed the United manager most was his side’s never-say-die attitude.

Ballymena United's Brian McCaul tackles Portadown's Robert Garrett at a snowy Shamrock Park. Picture: Press Eye.

Ballymena United's Brian McCaul tackles Portadown's Robert Garrett at a snowy Shamrock Park. Picture: Press Eye.

“I’ve been involved in football at this level for 27 years and I’ve never been involved in a game like that.

“To finish five each and to finish in the manner it did was incredible and it could have been 9-9.

“It sort of takes me back to Newcastle United in the Kevin Keegan days

“I would love to see that game on Match of the Day with Alan Hansen and Mark Lawrenson dissecting the defensive performance of both teams because there wouldn’t be a lot of time for the other games!

“I would have taken a point before the game and I have to be happy given the fact we were 5-3 down with 10 minutes to go.

“We showed a lot of character in coming back every time we went down.

“It’s not very often you concede five goals and can say you didn’t deserve to lose but we didn’t deserve to lose and we would have been very disappointed if that had happened.

“We had a goal disallowed, Gary Thompson should have scored when he put it wide of the post and right at the end, if Jim Ervin had put a better ball in, Darren Boyce would have scored.

“In reality, if we had taken our chances we could have won the game but Ronnie (McFall) will probably say the same.

“We’ll take a point but we certainly have a lot to work on defensively during the week.

“The pitch wasn’t the flattest in the world, it was very bobbly in places, and the snow lying in some places made it slippery and it certainly played a part in some of the goals but even allowing for that, there were still some defensive errors from both teams.

If a striker makes a mistake, nine times out of 10 it’s not going to cost the game but when defenders make a mistake, attackers love that situation.

“The boys showed great character, typified by Matthew Tipton’s work rate and his two goals. Darren Boyce was really good in terms of his work rate and he got his goal as well and we were able to intriduce the fresh legs of David Cushley.

“Davy Munster was exceptional, which sounds strange as we conceded five goals. When he comes in to do a job, he does it really well,” added Ferguson.