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Allen feeling Coleraine-Ballymena derby fever

By Conor McLaughlin

Published 16/09/2011

Curtis Allen admits he was previously unaware of the significance of a Coleraine-Ballymena derby - but is counting down the minutes until the action kicks off tomorrow.

The former Lisburn Distillery hotshot was snapped up by the Bannsiders following his release from Linfield in the summer and his early form has impressed Coleraine fans, who are backing him to fire them to victory at the Ballymena Showgrounds.

“I didn't really know much about the rivalry between the two clubs,” he says.

“Coming from Linfield, obviously the game against Glentoran is the big one but, from the moment I came to Coleraine, it's all the fans have been talking about.

“They want to beat Ballymena and it's a really big thing for them.”

The Bannsiders have suffered just one defeat this season and, having clocked up back-to-back triumphs in their last two outings, are determined to continue their impressive winning streak tomorrow.

“We know we're a capable side and should probably have more points than we do at the minute,” adds Allen.

“We could probably count ourselves unlucky not to have beaten Crusaders, Glentoran and Cliftonville but the win against Portadown a couple of weeks ago finally got us off the mark and we want to build on that.

“Any win is only worth three points but there's something a bit more special about beating your derby rivals and knowing how much the fans want it is making me look forward to it even more.

“We know that Ballymena have struggled a little bit at home this season so, if we can go there and put them under pressure good and early, hopefully we can add another win to the list and send our supporters home happy.”

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