Tony Kane willing and able for Ballymena’s cause

The Irish League season might be into the last two months of action, but the fixture schedule shows no sign of letting up.

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Teams still have at least 10 Danske Bank Premiership matches to fulfil and the Irish Cup commences at the end of the month.

With Saturday-Tuesday games with us for the foreseeable it will have an impact on the players, especially given their exertions to date.

Ballymena United’s Tony Kane admitted that tiredness will be a factor, but he said that every team is in the same boat.

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Tony Kane is in his tenth season at Ballymena United

“It is a bit of a grind at the minute with so many games,” he told Ballymena United TV.

“I did feel a bit tired before the Carrick game, but you’re in there fighting and competing, and once the games start you’re in the thick of it.

“It is tough but it’s the same for all the players, you just have to get on with it and we are lucky that we are playing.”

The Sky Blues find themselves back in action again tonight as they entertain Crusaders just three days after their win over Carrick Rangers.

That victory extended their unbeaten run to ten games and propelled the Sky Blues up to fourth in the table.

Kane said they are determined to keep grinding out the results as they bid to finish as high up the table as possible.

“We’re up to fourth now but we just have to keep ticking the games off now.

“We’re ten games unbeaten now and the most important thing now is to keep grinding it out.

“Carrick came with a game plan on Tuesday and we had to grind the result out.

“It was hard fought, but with the schedule being relentless playing Saturday-Tuesday you’re going to have performances like that, so it was brilliant to get the win.

“It’s not always going to be pretty, you have to dig in.

“The result against Carrick was probably bigger than the win over Linfield.”

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