Ballymena's Ferguson ready for Linfield

Published Tuesday, 27 November 2012
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Former Linfield legend Glenn Ferguson has told UTV he's feeling confident as he prepares to lead his Ballymena side into a Co Antrim Shield final battle against his old club.

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But the Ballymena United manager has said he isn't worried about clinching his first title as manager.

In his 21 years as a player Spike picked up 30 winners' medals so he knows what it takes to be victorious and ahead of the final, he is only focussed on his relatively inexperienced players.

"There's a lot of young players in there, who haven't played in a cup final before, so I'm delighted for them to be involved in it, especially against Linfield, because when you're playing in a final, you want to be against Linfield to bring a big crowd and get a good atmosphere so we just hope we go out and enjoy it tonight," he said.

He says the team's 2-1 league defeat at the weekend to Linfield has not affected his expectations for the cup final and confidence levels are still high.

"Tonight's a cup...anything can happen in those 90 minutes," he said.

"Unfortunately it's been a long long time and I have been made aware of it since I've taken over it's been a long time since we've won a trophy, and our aim was to try and get to a cup final and try and put that right.

"So tonight we're in a cup final and if we put it right all well and good, if we don't, we'll try for the next one."

Former teammate Michael Gault played alongside Ferguson in the 2006 final when Linfield went on to win the treble, but this time they will be on opposing sides.

But Gault says the rivalry at The Oval on Tuesday night will be good-humoured.

"If we win, we wouldn't want to win by too much, because he'll probably get his own back," he laughed.

"If I play well he'd be the first to congratulate me, and if they win I'll be the first to congratulate him."

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