Belfast Telegraph

Haveron looks for split decision

Ballymena United may have booked their place in the semi-finals of the JJB Sports Irish Cup, but they aren’t winding down until their last four clash with Portadown.

United take on the Ports at the Showgrounds in the Carling Premiership today with both sides still in with an outside chance of making it into the top six after the split.

Granted, United’s chance is very slim — they need to win all their remaining games to that point and hope that the other challengers lose their — but there is sure to be a buoyancy around the Braid following that midweek cup replay win over Glenavon.

As well as that, with really big games for the Sky Blues, like Irish Cup semi-finals, few and far between in recent years, there is the added incentive for the players to ensure that they are in the line-up for that date with the Ports on April 10.

“Obviously getting into the cup semi-final is a big boost for the club as a whole and there is a real buzz about the place now,” said defender Gary Haveron.

“But we have to forget about the cup and concentrate on the matches before then.

“Mathematically we can still make it to the top six and while that opportunity is there we have to keep trying to make it. As well as that we have to keep up the momentum before the cup match which is obviously going to be our biggest game for years.”

Meanwhile, United’s trip to Crusaders, scheduled for Tuesday March 23 has been switched to Thursday March 25.

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