Belfast Telegraph

David Healy is fired up for Blues glory bid

By Stuart McKinley

David Healy has his sights on repeating the amazing feats of Roy Coyle by building a Linfield dynasty on County Antrim Shield success.

Winning the Shield in 1977 sparked a run of 31 trophies in 14 years at Windsor Park for Coyle - a total that was then equalled by David Jeffrey when he won the trophy this time two years ago before leaving the club a few months later.

The opportunity to win his first trophy as Blues boss has come Healy's way just three months after taking over from Warren Feeney and he is hungry to end a run that has seen Linfield go without silverware - bar that Shield win in 2014 - for four years, by beating Ballymena United at Windsor Park.

"Hopefully this is the start of something good that is going to happen at this football club," said Healy.

"I want to be here for a long time, I want to be successful and I want to start bringing trophies back to this club."

Ballymena boss Glenn Ferguson, who won the Shield five times as a Linfield player before lifting it with the Sky Blues in 2012, believes Linfield will be back among the trophies soon, he just hopes it's not tonight.

"I would still imagine that with Linfield's proud history and the players they can attract, they will be back," said Ferguson.

"When that is I just don't know."

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