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Sky Blues will show six appeal, vows Owens

By Jonathan McNabb

Ballymena United defender Kyle Owens insists the Sky Blues' New Year's resolution will be to secure a spot in the top six of the table.

Despite drawing with league leaders Coleraine on Boxing Day, the Braidmen slipped to seventh after Glentoran's success against Linfield.

Owens said: "Finishing in the top six is the main aim for us. We need to pick up as many points as possible and hope Glentoran have a few poor results as it's going to be a fight for sixth."

The former Knockbreda man saw his deflected header against Coleraine go down as an Aaron Traynor own goal, but insists the squad believed they would secure a result.

"We were always going into the game as the underdogs because of the form Coleraine had been in," Owens added.

"We felt if we played as well as we had been doing, then we would be able to get something.

"Overall, I thought we were the better team, but the condition of the pitch didn't help either side.

"The header took a wicked deflection, but it doesn't matter how they go in, I'd take a goal like that every week."

The Sky Blues have only lost three out of their last 11 league fixtures and are in the final of the County Antrim Shield, as well as the semi-final of the League Cup. Therefore, it is no surprise to hear Owens say confidence in high in the Ballymena changing room.

"We have not been getting the results in some games that we deserve, but they will come as long as we keep playing the way we have been," he said.

The squad will be tested this afternoon as they welcome high-scoring Glenavon to Warden Street in a fixture that always promises goals.

"Games between us and Glenavon are always entertaining," Owens added.

"If we play the same as we did against Crusaders and Coleraine, we shouldn't be far away."

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