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Walker hoping to strike cup gold with Ballymena

Ballymena United boss Roy Walker is keen for his side to take their chance tonight — if and when it comes along.

The Braidmen travel to Dixon Park for the third time in a bid to complete their Irish Cup fourth round tie.

While Walker was pleased with his side’s performance in the 0-0 draw with Institute on Saturday he is keen that they fire in front of goal tonight.

“I was very pleased with how we played, but disappointed that we just didn’t take our chances,” Walker said. “Everyone at the game, even the Institute folk, said that we should have out of sight by half-time.

“Other than a cup-tied Michael Smith we hope to utilise the same group of players. Kevin Kelbie at this moment in time is schedule to travel over for the game. I know that many ports on the mainland were closed on Monday because of the weather, so fingers crossed he’ll get across.”

Walker himself will not be in the dugout for the clash as he has been hit with a four-match ban from the Irish FA disciplinary committee after he entered the field of play and caused the game against Dungannon Swifts to be stopped.

Cliftonville boss Eddie Patterson was also handed the same punishment after he used foul, abusive or insulting language during the Premiership battle with Linfield at Windsor Park.

Meanwhile, Bangor, under the guidance of John Bailie, face a tricky trip to Taylor's Avenue for a fourth round replay against Carrick Rangers tonight.

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