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Ballymoney have shock in store for Crusaders

By Graham Luney

Ballymoney United will be putting local pride on the line when they go into battle against Crusaders tomorrow.

The Belfast Telegraph Championship 2 minnows are hoping to pull off the shock of the Irish Cup sixth round when they take on the Premiership giants at Seaview.

Stephen Baxter's side are unlikely to take anything for granted after Crumlin Star gave them a few scares in the previous round but United boss John Fall is warning that his side has no intention of parking the bus in front of goal.

"The only buses parked at Seaview will be outside the ground after bringing our supporters there," said Fall who took charge in November 2012.

"This game has attracted a lot of local interest and everyone, including rival local teams, are wishing us well.

"The odds are stacked against us but most of our boys come from the local area and they want to put in a performance they and our community can be proud of.

"We will give it a real go. There is pride on the line and a real buzz around the town.

"Crumlin Star did themselves justice when they played Crusaders and we intend to go there and perform.

"We are really looking forward to it. If we win the game you just might not see all of us for a few days!"

Crusaders will be without the suspended Declan Caddell, Colin Coates, Joshua Robinson and Paul Heatley but Fall knows his men still face an uphill struggle.

"They have a strong squad and we will face a hard, battling team. It's still a mammoth task," he added.

"Most of our lads are local boys with Championship experience after we lost Eoin Bradley and Mark Gillan.

"Gareth McConaghie played for Ballymena United and also Larne before he joined us.

"We are familiar with the artificial surface and we like to pass the ball on it too."

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