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Warrenpoint Town v Ballymena United live updates: Matthew Tipton trying to topple his former Blues' boss Jeffrey

By Billy Weir

David Jeffrey says he will feel a degree of pride when he shakes hand with his opposite number at Warrenpoint Town this evening. Matthew Tipton becomes the latest of Jeffrey's former charges to pit their wits against the master when Ballymena United travel to take on Warrenpoint Town in the last eight of the NI League Cup.

Jeffrey brought Tipton to Linfield and the pair were reunited when the manager took over from Glenn Ferguson, ironically another of his former players, at Warden Street.

Tipton left the Sky Blues earlier this year to join the backroom team at Warrenpoint, taking over the reins at Milltown from long-serving Barry Gray at the weekend and as fate would have it he will try and topple his old boss tonight for a quarter-final spot.

Jeffrey's main concern is getting 11 fit players on the field with an ever-increasing injury list at the Showgrounds, but he is relishing locking horns with Tipton.

"It hasn't come at the greatest time for us but the reality is it's an opportunity to get into a semi-final," he explained.

"Warrenpoint are doing fantastically well, there's wee bit of change with Barry now director of football and Matthew in his first managerial post, but they will saying 'fellas, on any given night down here we fancy our chances'.

"When we went down there at the tail-end of last season we got a scalping, so it'll be a tough encounter but we'll go down and give it our best shot.

"Having managed him on two occasions you always knew Matthew had ambitions and well done to him.

It'll be nice to see him. I always take great pleasure in seeing players who I've managed go into management.

"Matthew always (a) wanted to coach and (b) and be the boss, so for me it was a natural progression for him."

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