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Glenn Ferguson wants tomorrow's game to go on

Glenn Ferguson wants tomorrow's game to go on

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Glenn Ferguson wants tomorrow's game to go on

Portadown 1 Ballymena United 0: Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson wasn't parroting the tired old 'one-match-at-a-time' cliché after his side's narrow loss to Portadown.

With an eye on the weather forecast, he was analysing tomorrow night's scheduled home duel with Cliftonville and Saturday's sixth round Irish Cup tie against Linfield at Windsor Park.

He's extremely keen that the Reds match goes ahead as it will clear three suspended stars – Tony Kane, Allan Jenkins and David Cushley – to face the Blues.

Speaking after Saturday's defeat, he said: "With so many matches called off today, we'll be in touch with the ground staff at Ballymena Borough Council (who own the stadium) to give it special attention."

The Sky Blues boss was angry after what he termed "a perfectly good goal" by sub Michael McLellan was ruled out for offside by referee Ross Dunlop.

"On the run of play, justice would have been served by a draw," he insisted.

Ferguson's mood was in contrast to that of Sean Mackle, who scored the only goal of the game on 75 minutes – a screamer of a left-foot shot from 15 yards.

"The goal underlines my come-back after being four months out with injury," said a delighted Mackle.

PORTADOWN: Miskelly, Casement, O'Hara, Ramsey, Breen, McMahon, Mackle, Murray, Twigg, McCafferty, Friars. Subs: Brennan, Judge, McConnell, Barton, McStay.

BALLYMENA UTD: Shanahan, Ervin, McCullough, Munster, Stewart, Thompson, Surgeoner, Jenkins, Cushley, Boyce, Teggart. Subs: Kane, Davidson, Ruddy, Lowry, McLellan (for Teggart, 81 mins).

Referee: Ross Dunlop (Carrickfergus).

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