Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey could not hide his anger after watching his side crash out of the Irish Cup to Championship side Larne 2-1 at the Showgrounds on Tuesday night. A clearly gutted and disappointed Jeffrey pulled no punches when talking of his side’s performance. “We are bitterly, bitterly disappointed. We were in total control in the first half and we should have come in two goals to the good. I warned the players to keep their concentration levels up. “And it is a mistake in Larne’s half that led to them crossing it in to our box and was that ball dealt with? “We slice it in to the back of the net and that is just bad defending. And the second one was the same as we let Larne’s striker go free. “Yes we have had injuries - the worst in 20 years - but I said before the game that Larne had premiership quality players in their team who had thew firepower to hurt us if we didn’t perform. “But if we do perform you … [Read more...] about IRISH CUP REACTION: Gutted David Jeffrey feels desperately disappointed for Ballymena fans after Larne defeat
Ballymena manager David Jeffrey was delighted to see his side bounce back from a League Cup final defeat to Dungannon Swifts by beating them 3-2 on Tuesday hight. The Sky Blues won 3-2 at Stangmore Park to close the bap on Glentorab. Johnny McMurray, Tony Kane and Leroy Millar were on target for Ballymena while Daniel Hughes netted twice for the Swifts who had Paul McElroy sent-off. “We are delighted because it’s been a very mixed few weeks. We’e had the absolute high of winning the League Cup semi-final, playing fantastically well, against Cliftonville. “Then we had the final at Windsor, where as I’ve already said Dungannon were much the better side. “We had a respectable performance against Crusaders, then a most disappointing result to Ards, so to get back on track tonight is very pleasing. Tonight it was all about getting the result. “It was a very good game, as it always is between the two sides. There’s never much between us, and … [Read more...] about IRISH LEAGUE REACTION: David Jeffrey’s Ballymena close in on top six
Ballymena manager David Jeffrey is aiming to close the gap on Glentoran, when United travel to Dungannon Swifts, on Tuesday night (8pm). United, currently sit eight points behind sixth placed Glentoran but they have played three games less. “The line has been drawn under the League Cup Final and tonight’s game is about us going to try and pick up valuable league points,” he stated. “Glentoran have stolen a bit of a march on us in terms of that sixth spot, so it’s vital we get something from the game. “In saying that, Rodney McAree will have his boys well fired up, so it will be a tight encounter.” Jeffrey says a top six spot remains the target, but he’s realistic about the challenge that presents. “People need to have a bit of reality,” he added. “When Bryan McLaughlin and I came they were heading for relegation. “Now in terms of where we got to last year we did remarkably well. There was so many firsts last season … [Read more...] about IRISH LEAGUE David Jeffrey aims to see Ballymena United close the gap on Glentoran
Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey expects a tight affair when his side face Cliftonville in the semi-final of the Bet McLean League Cup at the Showgrounds on Saturday afternoon. Many would expect a goal-fest with the fire power that is on display when the two meet after the game had been postponed three times because of severe weather. United have the free scoring Johnny McMurray, Cathair Friel, Kevin Braniff and Matthew Shelvin to call upon while the Reds have the likes of Joe Gormley, Rory Donnelly, Jay Donnelly and Stephen Garrett in their ranks. It looks as if goals could be aplenty but former Linfield boss Jeffrey is not so sure. “There is goals in both sides but the games to date have been very tight. We beat Cliftonville 1-0 down here and they beat us 1-0 up at their place. “And it was one each up at their place when the game had to be abandoned. “But they have fire power in their ranks and they are coming off the back of a great win against Crusaders in … [Read more...] about LEAGUE CUP SEMI-FINAL: Ballymena United boss David Jeffrey expects close game against Cliftonville
LINFIELD manager David Jeffrey wants to see Derry City return to the Irish League. Coleraine Football Club will also back a return of the Brandywell club to the north, secretary Freddie Monaghan sa[...] You have reached your limit of free articles Registered users get 5 regular articles and 1 free Premium article per week. … [Read more...] about On this day: Linfield manager David Jeffrey wants to see Derry City return to the Irish League.