Wary Jeffrey is expecting new-look Mallards to pose tough questions
Knockout competitions have become something of a forte for Ballymena United of late but where there is success there is always a banana skin just around the corner.
And Ballinamallard United will be looking to put the skids under the BetMcLean League Cup holders, who face Cliftonville in a rearranged semi-final of that tournament on Tuesday evening.
Sky Blues boss David Jeffrey's only focus, though, is a good run in the Tennent's Irish Cup to add to their healthy sixth place in the Danske Bank Premiership and runners-up in the Toals Co Antrim Shield last month.
Having already beaten the Mallards twice this season, the home side will go in as favourites but Jeffrey has warned his team that they will be up against a very different animal from those encounters after Gavin Dykes' busy transfer window.
"I watched Ballinamallard on New Year's Day against Crusaders and while they were beaten 3-0 they played tremendously well and deserved something out of the game," he said.
"Gavin has added tremendously well, when they drew against Glentoran they should have won that game and who would have thought they would have beaten Cliftonville 6-4?
"We had them watched previously and have had them watched twice in preparation."
Meanwhile, Tony Kane has put pen to paper on a two-year deal while Jeffrey has added midfielder Patrick Weir and goalkeeper Thomas McDermott to his panel, and defender Caolan Loughran has joined Larne on loan.