Ballymena manager Glenn Ferguson warns players of complacency against Welders

Glenn Ferguson
Glenn Ferguson

Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson has warned his players of complacency ahead of Tuesday’s Irish Cup replay with Harland and Wolff Welders.

The Sky Blues got out of jail at Tillysburn on January 11, claiming a late 2-2 draw to stay in the competition.

Looking ahead to Tuesday’s fifth round replay, Ferguson insists his players have to be up for the fight at the Showgrounds.

“We have no divine right to win this tie just because we are at home or because they are a Championship side,” he said.

“The Welders have a lot of experienced players who have all played at senior level.

“The likes of Philip Simpson, Matty Burrows, Josh Cahoon and Mark Magennis will be relishing this tie.”

Ballymena go into Tuesday’s tie on the back of Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Linfield, while the Welders enjoyed a 3-2 Championship win against Loughgall.

Ferguson insists their opponents pose a big threat to Ballymena’s cup aspirations.

“Was I surprised by the Welders 10 days ago? No, I was surprised by Ballymena; I was surprised how poor we were,” Ferguson added.

“The players will have gotten a feel of what the Welders are like from the first tie, so they’ll know what is required to get a result.

“We managed to stay in the cup, and we can’t avoid a repeat of the performance we had 10 days ago.

“The players know what is expected.”

United trio Tony Kane, Johnny Taylor and Gavin Taggart are all suspended for Tuesday’s tie.