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Kyle determined to stand tall and win battle of the Owens brothers in Shield final

 

By Graham Luney

Reece grabbed the bragging rights in the Glendinning household when he scored for Ards against Ballymena United on Saturday and now Kyle Owens is hoping to silence his brother Jordan by helping the Sky Blues lift the Toals County Antrim Shield tonight.

The Crues and Braidmen meet at the Showgrounds and David Jeffrey's side know they will need to be solid and resolute at the back with Gavin Whyte in sensational form and ably supported by Paul Heatley and Jordan Owens. Centre-back Kyle is up for the challenge, even if he may have to wear a mask after sustaining a broken nose in that defeat to Ards.

"These things happen when you are jumping and a few elbows are thrown around. Jordan likes to do that too so I'll need to be aware of that!" he said.

"Both teams have quality players but there is nothing to fear from our perspective. We have been very strong at home and I just believe that in finals it's about who turns up on the night.

"The boys were fortunate to win the League Cup last season and it's why you play the games, to get medals and have those memories. People can write us off if they want and say the Crues are favourites but we fancy ourselves against anyone, particularly at home."

Kyle, who has been linked with a move to join Jordan at Crusaders, has been offered a new two-year deal by Ballymena.

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