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Ballymena United happy to be underdogs against Crusaders


Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson knows Crusaders will be tough

Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson knows Crusaders will be tough

Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson knows Crusaders will be tough

Glenn Ferguson is acutely aware that his Ballymena United side was the one everyone wanted when the last four draw for the County Antrim Shield was made.

But with the semi-final clash with Crusaders now upon us and a showdown with Linfield up for grabs, he is determined that his men aren't merely there to make up the numbers.

To make matters worse United have to take on the Crues at Seaview and in the midst of a defensive crisis with Dwayne Nelson's suspected broken jaw likely to rule him out of action for some time, while Johnny Taylor had to leave Saturday's 4-1 defeat by Linfield early with a head injury.

Mark McCullagh also required stitches to a head wound and will be assessed and as Ferguson examines his limited resources he knows that his side was the one everyone wanted.

"There's no doubt about that. Who would I have taken? It's hard to say, because they're all on a level par and on their day each one of them is capable of beating any team, but it shouldn't come into it in a semi-final," he insisted.

"No matter what team you're playing against it'll be very difficult because they're going to set up the right way and make it difficult for the opposition, but we'll try our best to do that as well.

"You're in a semi-final so it's not going to be an easy match, so we knew that, but going to Seaview against Crusaders and they're going well is even tougher.

"On the other side of the coin, we've gone to Seaview on numerous occasions and played quite well and picked up some decent results there.

"It will all depend on who we have available. We're not going to take any chances with anybody, particularly on that surface."

* Tyrone star Niall Morgan is poised to make a remarkable comeback to Irish League football with Dungannon Swifts.

The 22-year-old goalkeeper quit the club last January to play GAA for his county.

But with the Gaelic season in shutdown until the new year, Morgan is considering a dramatic return to local football.

Belfast Telegraph