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Glenn Ferguson given boost as Allan Jenkins is available

By Graham Luney

Glenn Ferguson is a relieved man after it was confirmed that his inspirational captain Allan Jenkins is free to play in tonight's Wasp Solutions League Cup decider against Cliftonville at Windsor Park (5.30pm).

The Irish FA had indicated that the Scot was due to be suspended after collecting five yellow cards but United challenged that claim and won.

It would have been a savage blow to the Braidmen if their cup final mission had to be completed without their passionate leader and driving force.

United boss Ferguson said: "It's good that we have Davy Douglas who looks after our match analysis every week and he notes everything that happens in a game and on Sunday emails me the stats.

"We keep a record of everything that happens and we were both adamant that Allan only had four yellows. On the night of the Glenavon game, two players were sent off and Jenkins was one of them but the red card went down as a yellow.

"That had to be stroked off and thankfully we will have our club captain in a big final. It's not incredible that a mistake like this can happen and in the current climate it may not be the last mistake. This was our business and we had to get it sorted."

'Spike' has quickly put that scare behind him and United know they face a massive task at the international venue this evening.

The former Northern Ireland international added: "Despite a few heavy defeats we've got to take heart from the times we have competed well against Cliftonville and not dwell too much on the tankings.

"I'm also not reading too much into their league form because in any match they have players who are capable of producing another one of those tankings, particularly with two of the hottest strikers in the league in Joe Gormley and David McDaid on form.

"If their midfield win the battle, nine times out of 10 their team wins the game and defensively they have plenty of experience. If it all comes together for them they will be formidable."

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