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Forget the Shield, Ballymena United need league points: Kane

By Stuart McKinley

Tony Kane is warning his Ballymena United team-mates that they must look forward rather than back if they are to follow-up their County Antrim Shield triumph with more success.

And that means confining their penalty shoot-out victory over Linfield to history and being fully focused on today’s clash with Donegal Celtic.

With silverware already in the bag, Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson and his players will now go all out to accomplish the second goal he set his team at the start of the season — which means a top half finish in the Danske Bank Premiership.

“Winning a trophy is a brilliant feeling, but we have to forget about it very quickly and go out against Donegal Celtic thinking about nothing other than getting the three points,” said Kane.

“We’re level on points with Linfield and only two behind Glentoran, so we’ve got to be looking at trying to catch them.

“The top six is definitely our aim. We’re right in there at the minute and we have shown that we can beat anyone on our day — having won against Linfield, Glentoran and Crusaders in the league already.”

For Kane, now 25-years-old, the Shield medal was the first he had won since his teenage years at Blackburn and he is determined that there will be more trophies to polish beside the Braid, but at the minute it’s a case of taking one step at a time.

“It’s the first senior medal of my career, so it was a big moment for me personally,” said the former Northern Ireland under-21 international.

“We’ve the Irish Cup coming soon and depending on the draw we could have the chance to go far.

“Last year we’d a place in the semi-finals taken away from us over a registration issue. Anything can happen when you get that far.

“We have four or five first team starters who are out injured and when they come back, as well as maybe a couple of signings in January — we can push on again.”

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