Ballymena United’s Allan Jenkins is motivated for Bannsiders encounter

Allan Jenkins
Allan Jenkins

Ballymena United Allan Jenkins insists his team will require ‘no motivation’ for the Boxing Day derby clash with Coleraine at the Warden Street Showgrounds.

The big 33 year old has great memories from the corresponding fixture last season, when he bagged two goals in the Sky Blues 3-2 win - their first over the Bannsiders in 12 attempts.

Stranraer-based Jenkins has operated as a striker in recent games - a move that has paid a handsome dividend as he has bagged two goals in his team’s last four outings, bring his tally to seven for the season.

“Motivation will not be an issue for this one,” said Jenkins, who will soon be joined by fellow Scot, Gary McCutcheon, at the club.

The little striker has agreed a loan move from Crusaders until the end of the season.

“If you are not up for such an important derby clash, you really should be playing football.

“Our supporters will be keen to secure the ‘derby’ bragging rights, so hopefully we can go out and do the business.

“They were brilliant at our recent League Cup semi-final, and we really appreciate their backing.

“I’ve managed to get on the score sheet lately. Hopefully, it will continue. I’ve got seven so far, but I’m already aiming for double figures.”

United with be without big centre back Johnny Taylor, who is suspended.

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney has been a busy man over the past few days.

Not only did he agree new terms with midfielder Ruairi Harkin, but he also signed young guns, Ian Parkhill and Shane McGinty, on new one year contracts.

“They have been super for us over the last few months,” said Kearney.

“It’s a credit to them the way they have gone about their business in this their first season in senior football.

“I’ve no doubt they will get even better over the next few months and will be real assets to us.”