Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Quinn’s stern warning to Ballymena United

Marty Quinn doesn’t believe Ballymena United’s extended festive break will have any bearing on tomorrow’s Mourneview Park showdown.

The Sky Blues were able to put their feet up over Christmas after their derby date with Coleraine fell victim to the freezing temperatures.

Meanwhile, Quinn’s Glenavon warmed up the fans in Mid-Ulster with a hard fought 2-2 stalemate at Shamrock Park on Monday.

Neighbours Portadown looked set to pour their usual festive misery on their long-suffering rivals but a late Gary Hamilton goal ensured a share of the turkey scraps.

Quinn feels the Lurgan Blues’ spirited performance will keep his side in top gear going into 2011.

“It was a really good, competitive game that will keep the boys sharp and in the right frame of mind,“ Quinn insisted. “A year ago we would probably have lost that game 2-1 but we are made of sterner stuff now.”

Glenavon’s spirited showing came at a cost as former Ballymena United winger Stuart King may not feature again for Quinn’s side this season.

The former Linfield favourite suffered a bad ankle injury in a 50-50 tackleand will be in plaster for six weeks.

“There’s no blame attached to anyone,” added Quinn. “It was just an unfortunate incident and the boy’s now set for a long lay-off.

“It’s a huge blow to him and the team but I know he will come back stronger from it.”

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