Ballymena wary of Crumlin test

Ballymena manager Glenn Ferguson
Ballymena manager Glenn Ferguson

Ballymena United boss Glenn Ferguson has warned his players of complacency ahead of tomorrow’s Irish Cup opener with Crumlin Star.

The Sky Blues – last year’s beaten finalists – entertain the Amateur League side at the Showgrounds (3pm).

“We are under no illusions. We know it will be a tough game,” Ferguson said.

“They will come here fancying their chances, and they will be attacking. We have to be switched on from the start and be defensively strong.

“It is a step into the unknown for us, so we have to be on our guard. We know a few of their players. Joe McCall watched the last game they played so we have some information.

“We have to make sure we don’t give Crumlin a foothold on the game. We certainly can’t allow them to score an early goal. That will only lift their spirits and it will be difficult from there.

“We know if we can get a fast start then we could make life a bit easier for us.”