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Never mind Liverpool's 30 years of hurt, Ballymena United's Irish Cup pain goes up to 31

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Hero Hardy: Paul Hardy celebrates in front of the Ballymena United fans back in 1989

Hero Hardy: Paul Hardy celebrates in front of the Ballymena United fans back in 1989

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Hero Hardy: Paul Hardy celebrates in front of the Ballymena United fans back in 1989

There is a scene in the magnificent musical masterpiece Spinal Tap where guitarist Nigel Tufnel is asked by the narrator why his amplifier goes up to 11.

"Well, it's one louder, isn't it?" is the natural response from the legendary axeman, and while Liverpool fans still bask in the return to Premier League glory after 30 years, for Ballymena United fans it is a case of 'it's one more' when it comes to getting their mitts on the Irish Cup.

Yes, it was 1989 when sky blue ribbons last adorned the famous old trophy in the merry month of May and, after a nerve-jangling semi-final against the old enemy Coleraine on Monday, now Glentoran await in the decider tomorrow night.