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Ross Redman is proving doubters wrong, says Ballymena United chief

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Positive impression: Recent recruit Ross Redman has settled in well at Ballymena United

Positive impression: Recent recruit Ross Redman has settled in well at Ballymena United

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Positive impression: Recent recruit Ross Redman has settled in well at Ballymena United

While Cathair Friel may have hogged the headlines after his goalscoring return to action on Saturday, another Ballymena United player was mentioned in despatches by David Jeffrey.

Ross Redman, who celebrated his 31st birthday yesterday, delivered a couple of gifts of his own in the 2-0 win over Warrenpoint Town that finally broke the Sky Blues' miserable home record in 2020.

His delivery from set-pieces was exceptional all day, and it was from a corner that Friel headed home the opener, while Redman also demonstrated supreme vision when he picked up the pieces of Shay McCartan's surging run to pick out Paul McElroy for United's second goal.

Redman's summer arrival at the Showgrounds from Dungannon Swifts did raise a few eyebrows, but the early signs are that he is recapturing the form of his days at Portadown and Glentoran.

"He came to us, in his words, 'with something to prove'," explained Jeffrey.

"Which is like a lot of our players, who have been on the periphery of other teams and we tell them we'll give you an opportunity if you come here.

"We look after people well and try to be as professional as we can, and Ross has come in and responded tremendously well and his performance (on Saturday) epitomised that."

Tonight, Redman and his Sky Blues team-mates face a tough test on the road in their rearranged Danske Bank Premiership clash with Cliftonville at Solitude (7.45pm).

The north Belfast venue hasn't traditionally been a happy hunting ground for the Braidmen and Jeffrey is acutely aware that the Reds, who are sitting fourth in the table, will be a tough nut to crack.

"We know it's going to be difficult, Cliftonville are a class side, they are a most impressive team," he added.

"Paddy McLaughlin has put together a fantastic team and going there has never been easy to get a result from.

"I can't remember too many times when we've gone there and managed that.

"We have to go there with the same courage, and obviously it's a quick turnaround and the players put in a massive amount of effort on Saturday, so we'll reflect on that and prepare for Tuesday."

Belfast Telegraph


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