Striker Boyce is happy to be judged by goals at Sky Blues

Ballymena striker Darren Boyce
Ballymena striker Darren Boyce

Darren Boyce insists he is happy to be judged by goals following his move to Ballymena United.

Boyce enjoyed the perfect Sky Blues debut on Saturday, scoring a late equaliser to snatch a 2-2 draw against H&W Welders in the Irish Cup.

It didn’t take the former Coleraine striker long to endear himself to the Sky Blues faithful – the same fans who would previously have hurled abuse at the 27-year-old.

“There is obviously plenty of history between Coleraine and Ballymena, and they are big derby rivals, but this is a move I wanted.” Boyce said.

“It would have been easier to go to another club, but I did what is right for my career.”

Boyce had spent the first half of the season on-loan with Dungannon Swifts – who Ballymena travel to on Tuesday in the Premiership (7.45pm).

“I went out on loan to Dungannon and really enjoyed my time there,” he added.

“It’s a brilliant club and the likes of Darren Murphy and Rodney McAree showed real belief in me.

“But now I’m at Ballymena. I want this to be my last move. I’m fed up moving clubs.

“It’ll be a challenge but I want to make it work. I know I’ll be judged on goals, so it was good to get off the mark in the cup on Saturday.

Looking ahead to tonight’s trip to Stangmore Park, Boyce is under no illusions how tough a test it will be.

“I know it’ll be a really tough game down there. We weren’t at our best at the Welders on Saturday and that’s something we want to put right,” he added.

“We know we have to pick things up on Tuesday night.”