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Let's build Ballymena United's shock win: Ferguson

By Keith Bailie

Ballymena United boss Glenn Ferguson believes that Gary Liggett's stunning winner against Crusaders last Saturday will give the striker a much needed confidence boost.

Struggling striker Liggett hit a sensational 89th minute strike to give United an unlikely 2-1 win at Seaview.

Ahead of today's match with Dungannon Swifts, Ferguson said: "Against Glenavon I had to take Gary off at half time for his own good, in case it got worse for him.

"Then you bring him on against Crusaders and he goes and gets the match winner. After the game he was doing TV and newspapers interviews, and that has given him a wee lift. His confidence is high now and that can make a big difference when it comes to strikers.

"We've worked with him a lot in training. We worked on his finishing and on his movement, and hopefully it will pay off for him."

Ferguson expects a tight game at The Showgrounds against Darren Murphy's Dungannon, who surprised many by winning their first two games.

"I hope the victory over Crusaders has given the players some inspiration. We want to go on a good run and build some momentum. Dungannon are a club who are on a par with us and it's a game that could go either way. Hopefully, if we can perform against Dungannon, in the same way we did against Crusaders, then we can get another win."

After two very different results from United's first two games, Ferguson believes the Danske Bank Premiership is as unpredictable as ever.

He said: "If you look at the results over the first two weekends, it's fair to say anything can happen in this league. Look at Glenavon – they won six against us and then got beat by Glentoran. Look at us – we lost six one Saturday, and won at Seaview then next.

"On the day it can come down to who gets that little bit of luck and who takes their chances."

* Portadown have signed former Coleraine and Linfield defender Johnny Black on a short term contract.

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