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Johnny is back!

Thursday, 15 December 2016

ACE striker Johnny McMurray is back for tonight's (Tuesday) NIFL Cup semi-final with Coleraine at Ballymena Showgrounds.
Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey brought the 23-year-old on as substitute against Glentoran at the Oval on Saturday - and the hitman celebrated his return from injury by scoring the winner in a 3-2 thriller in East Belfast.
McMurray, still not match fit after sitting out three games for the Sky Blues with an injured ankle, will be told his role by boss Jeffrey.
The former Cliftonville player may be sub - or could be on from the start - manager Jeffrey will decide.
The United manager is delighted to have McMurray back playing again.
Against the Glens there was an almighty cheer from the big United fan following when they saw the striker would be coming on for midfielder Gavin Taggart, who had ran himself ragged.
McMurray did not take much time to make his mark!
He had a part in United's equaliser for 2-2 - flighting over the ball from the right into the box and when William Faulkner headed the ball down, and big Allan Jenkins put home defenders under pressure, defender Tony Kane slotted home past 'keeper Elliott Morris.
Meanwhile, United boss Jeffrey is looking forward to tonight's (Tuesday) 'derby' semi final Cup clash with Coleraine at the Showgrounds (7.45pm).
He recalls when they went to Ballycastle Road earlier in the season and coming away with a 2-2 draw.
United were in complete control of the game that day, but allowed their focus to slip late on and let Coleraine back into the game.
Jeffrey expects a tough encounter, but their weekend victory over Glentoran will have United in fine form.
The Sky Blues fough back from two goals down to win 3-2, an amazing fightback.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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