Ballymena manager Glenn Ferguson has Irish Cup date on his radar

Glenn Ferguson
Glenn Ferguson

Ballymena United boss Glenn Ferguson insists he won’t risk any of his key personnel ahead of the club’s Irish Cup semi-final next week.

The Sky Blues are hoping to reach their first Irish Cup final in 25 years when they take on minnows Queen’s University at the Oval on April 5.

It is a huge fixture on the Premiership club’s calendar, and one Ferguson will not jeopardise ahead of Saturday’s league game with Dungannon Swifts.

“We have a fully fit squad for the Dungannon game, but we won’t do anything silly with next week’s cup tie in mind,” Ferguson said.

“We have one goalkeeper at the club in Aaron Shanahan, so we can’t afford to take any risks with him.

“We have a young lad Macauley Cairns who could feature. We will manage that situation.

“A couple of players are also struggling with niggles and didn’t train last night, so anyone carrying anything will not feature this Saturday.

“We are in the bottom six. We obviously want to pick up as many points as possible, but the Irish Cup is now our priority. That is our main objective.

“Of course, we want to finish seventh in the table. We are six points ahead of Dungannon, so we want to try and extend that gap if possible, and we will put out a team to achieve that.”