Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson delighted by Darren Boyce’s progress

Darren Boyce holds off William Murphy
Darren Boyce holds off William Murphy

Ballymena United boss Glenn Ferguson believes there is more to come from Darren Boyce as the striker continued his encouraging start to life at the Braid.

The frontman took his tally to seven goals in 12 games since his January switch from Coleraine with a brace to sink fellow Irish Cup semi-finalists Glenavon.

While he may be fortunate to claim the first – referee Wesley Campbell crediting the striker with the goal despite Glenavon’s Mark Patton clearly diverting Boyce’s shot into the roof of his own net – the second was the finish of a goal poacher, five minutes after Patton had levelled for Glenavon in the second half.

Ferguson, a man with few peers when it came to hitting the back of the net in his own playing career, said: “I watch Darren closely in training week in, week out and he’s a natural goalscorer.

“He’s the type of player that if we create chances, he will put them away and his second goal epitomised that.

“People might think that was an easy goal but it’s not. The striker has to know where to be at the right time and then control the finish.

“Some people might lash at a chance like that but Darren knows where the goal is – he has got himself in the position and he knows he just has to side-foot volley it in.

“He knows by his own admission he needs to be fitter and sharper.

“He missed pre-season this year which usually stands by a player later in the season so I think we’ll see even more of him next season.

“We showed character and re-grouped and the winning goal was a great goal.”