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Glentoran 1 Ballymena United 2

Ballymena United’s players are keeping up their end of the bargain — now it’s up to the club’s solicitors to come up trumps.

Plunged into the an eligibility row surrounding midfielder Alan Davidson, whose appearance in the quarter-final win over Newry City saw the Sky Blues kicked out on appeal, the club are now awaiting the decision over their complaint to an Independent Arbitration Panel to see if they will face Linfield in the semi-final.

While all that is going on off the pitch, those on it have been performing admirably, maintaining their focus and on Saturday stretched their unbeaten run to seven with an impressive 2-1 victory over an albeit lacklustre Glentoran at the Oval.

Great Scot Allan Jenkins fired home two bullet headers before Richard Gibson’s consolation and he feels that, while there is still a chance of a last four clash with the holders, United must keep their good run going.

“With that hanging over us, boys are wanting to play well to hopefully, if there is a semi-final or even a final, keep their place in the team,” said Jenkins.

Angry Glens boss Eddie Patterson, meanwhile, fumed: “The quality is not great but, for me, right throughout, there is not enough desire, there's not enough hunger.”

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