‘Let’s put on a show for the fans’ urges Ballymena manager Glenn Ferguson

Alan Teggart, Jim Ervin, Kris Lindsay and Gareth McKeown
Alan Teggart, Jim Ervin, Kris Lindsay and Gareth McKeown

Ballymena United boss Glenn Ferguson hopes his players can “put on a show” for the fans at Windsor Park on Saturday.

The Sky Blues and Glenavon are preparing to meet in a massive Marie Curie Irish Cup final showdown (2.30pm kick-off).

It has been 25 years since Ballymena last lifted the blue riband trophy, while Glenavon’s last success came 17 years ago.

The pressure has been cranked up ahead of the showpiece decider, with around 7,500 fans expected to descend on Windsor.

“It is a massive occasion for both clubs,” Ferguson said.

“I am looking forward to it because it is a big day for the fans.

“Everyone can come and enjoy themselves, and hopefully we can put on a decent game of football.

“Obviously it all comes down to whoever wins it, but we want to put on a show for the fans.

“Hopefully we can do that because a bumper crowd is expected.

“It is my first big, big cup final as a manager, so I can’t wait.”

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton has also urged his players to seize the moment at Windsor Park.

“It is a huge game, and one that the players shouldn’t have any problem getting up for – if they do then they shouldn’t be playing football,” he said.

“It will all boil down to whoever performs on the day. Whoever can handle the occasion.”