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Raring to go: David Jeffrey

Raring to go: David Jeffrey

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Raring to go: David Jeffrey

Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey believes his team have unfinished business with the BetMcLean League Cup which could mean bad news for Ards in tonight's quarter-final.

Jeffrey's team will travel to the Bangor Fuels Arena (7.45pm) buoyed by four victories in a row - three of which have been in the league, taking them into third place in the table.

They will also take on Ards with a burning sense of desire to reach their third League Cup final in a row and make up for what happened in last season's decider.

Back then the Sky Blues entered the game against Dungannon Swifts as holders and favourites but were comfortably defeated by the Tyrone outfit.

Jeffrey has not forgotten.

"We are on a good run, we want to keep the momentum going and the League Cup has been important to us," said the Ballymena boss.

"It was the first trophy we won two years ago and we got to the final last year, though to be honest we never really performed on the day against Dungannon.

"Our final was probably the previous week against Cliftonville in the semi-final when we did ever so well, but the actual final was so disappointing for us.

"We couldn't raise ourselves, and with Dungannon having qualified for the final much earlier, they were fresher in terms of their preparation, so we had a little bit of making up to do."

Ballymena won 2-1 away to Ards in August in a league affair. Jeffrey expects another hard fought encounter despite Colin Nixon's side being unable to win any of their last four fixtures.

The one before that was their stunning success against Linfield.

"The last time we were at Ards it was a very tight affair. Ards were the better side in the first half and we came back in it in the second half," recalled Jeffrey.

"I thought we deserved our victory that day but it was very hard fought and it will be another tough game tonight.

"They have had some fantastic results and are getting players back after difficulties with injuries, so it will be a tough contest," he added.

Belfast Telegraph