Boss Glenn Ferguson looks to end Ballymena United trophy drought

SKY BLUES BOSS: Glenn Ferguson
SKY BLUES BOSS: Glenn Ferguson

Glenn Ferguson is hoping Ballymena United can end 23 years of hurt by lifting the County Antrim Shield on Tuesday night.

You have to stretch back to 1989 to unearth the Sky Blues’ last senior trophy - a 1-0 Irish Cup win over Larne.

Ballymena return to the scene of that triumph on Tuesday night as they look to put mighty Linfield to the sword at the Oval.

And Ferguson - who only took over as manager at the tail end of last year - insists they are determined to rewrite the history books.

“There is a big incentive there for the players,” he said.

“It is a good incentive because we haven’t been in a cup final for six years and haven’t won a senior trophy in 23 years. So it is something for the players to aim for, and be part of Ballymena’s history.

“It is not too often Ballymena win trophies, so this is a big thing for the club and there is an opportunity there.

“There are 90 minutes and 11 players standing in front of them, so we have to go out and match them and we will have a chance.”