IRISH LEAGUE: David Jeffrey is expecting tough test from Swifts

David Jeffrey
David Jeffrey

Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey hopes his injury hit squad can do the business against Dungannon Swifts at the Showgrounds on Saturday.

The Sky Blues have several players missing for the clash with a frightening list of injuries.

Most notably, in-form forward Johnny McMurray is out after picking up an ankle injury against Carrick last Saturday.

But that’s just the beginning of boss David Jeffrey’s worries. Also out are Alan Blayney, Stephen McBride, Gary Thompson (all knee), Johnny Flynn, Conor McCloskey (both hamstring), Fra McCaffrey (ankle), Denver Gage (calf), Gavin Taggart (neck/back), and Neil Lowry (groin).

“We have a number of players out. And as I have said to the players, other players’ misfortune through injury can be their chance to make an impression.

“I can’t see anybody coming back into the squad for Saturday’s game, so we are stuck with what we have.

“We are coming up against a Dungannon side who are coming off the back of a couple of indifferent results and I know from playing Dungannon earlier in the season that this will be a tough encounter. They were excellent

“And in Rodney McAree they have a first class manager, who is very knowledgeable and I have no doubt that Saturday will be a very difficult game for us,” he added.

And Jeffrey was pleased with his side’s 2-0 win against Warrenpoint in their League Cup Quarter-final clash on Wednesday night.

“The game was cagey but I knew it would be difficult going down to Warrenpoint. They are going very well in the Championship and it would be no surprise to me if they are back in the Premiership next season.

“They went into the game in a confident frame of mind and it is still a very difficult venue to come to.

“The only difference was we took our chances and got the result.”