Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

There’s no comfort as awful Ballymena are left in spin

Ballymena United 1 Glenavon 2

Ballymena United boss Roy Walker admits he has a load of problems that may require a bold solution in the close season.

“I said to them in there if your washing machine breaks you fix it, if it can’t be fixed you get a new washing machine,” said Walker, adding something of a new angle to managerial spin.

Certainly his side’s off-colour showing in the 2-1 defeat by Glenavon on Saturday, means Walker’s looking for a clean start to next season — with or without some of the present washed up Sky Blues.

Kevin Kelbie gleefully accepted the gift of an early penalty to reach double figures for the season but when Nathan McConnell spurned a glorious chance to make it two, the game changed completely.

Trevor Molloy was the difference, creating the equaliser for James Costello and adding the winner before the break to move Marty Quinn’s men off the bottom of the table.

United offered little and the points cushion they have over their relegation rivals will be of little comfort to Walker if this performance is repeated.

“We’ve still got points on the teams below us but a win today wouldn’t have bluffed anyone because we have an awful lot of work to do yet,” he said.

That’s the same message that Quinn will be hammering home, with a huge match against Newry City in the offing.

“We have a wee bit of breathing space now, we’re off the bottom of the table since New Year’s Day and we’ll enjoy the weekend but will re-focus for Newry,” he explained.

“I said to the boys before the game ‘let’s win this one and try and get nine points on the board before the break’ and if we can do that I think you’ll see a very good Glenavon side playing football.”

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