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Star man: Shane Jennings has hailed Gary Browne

Star man: Shane Jennings has hailed Gary Browne

Star man: Shane Jennings has hailed Gary Browne

Shane Jennings believes Gary Browne can dish out a dose of derby blues on Ballymena United tomorrow.

The Sky Blues are looking to record a home victory that would lift them level on points with Coleraine, but Oran Kearney's men will be out to maintain their stunning record in this fixture – the men from the north-west haven't lost to the Braidmen since October, 2009 when Andy Smith netted the winner.

Coleraine will arrive at the Ballymena Showgrounds feeling a little deflated after losing 4-1 to Crusaders in the League Cup in midweek, but Browne found the net again at Seaview – his fifth of the season.

The former Glentoran, Lisburn Distillery and Linfield ace is now battling for the Bannsiders and Jennings is learning all the time from his strike partner.

"Gary has been doing well for us and there's no doubt he's a great player," said Jennings.

"It's good to know that if you make a decent run he will be able to pick you out with a great pass.

"It's great to play alongside such a creative and dangerous player and it's good to see him in action as he was unlucky with injuries at Linfield.

"He was at Manchester City in his early career and always had the potential to become a great player. He's now a key member of our squad and he brings a lot of class and experience to the team."

Jennings, who was on target in last weekend's 2-1 win over Ards, knows Glenn Ferguson's men will be out to end Coleraine's derby dominance.

"We've a fantastic record in the derby over the last few years and hopefully we can keep it up," added the 21-year-old.

"They are matches that can go either way as current form doesn't matter. Ballymena have always been fired up against us and it will be a very competitive game.

"I don't feel our results reflect how well we have been performing. We've drawn too many and it's down to us to take more chances and kill teams off. We need to be smarter in the final third."

Belfast Telegraph