From a season that promised so much, we had to settle for zilch as usual, when our heroes (and we use that word advisedly), let us down when it came to the crunch. But enough about the gloom and doom, we are on a roll and we play our last game tomorrow, kick-off 14.00 hrs, against Dungannon Swifts, led by former United player Darren Murphy, who cut short his stint at United because of a serious knee injury, which didn't sit too well with Sky Blue fans, when we saw him play on for the Swifts.
But Darren, endeared himself to United fans when he deliberately missed a 'penalty', given by the ref, when Gavin Taggart, stopped play with a deliberate handball, to allow United player Chris Rodgers, who was lying pole-axed in our penalty area to receive treatment. But we expect him not to be doing us any favours tomorrow, he'll want to end on a winning note, or at least not want to lose, so we can expect a tough game, with no quarter asked or given.
That old workhouse, Davey Cookie Munster, is due to bid us farewell and rumour has it that Sparky and Archie have played their last games for United also. Both have been at the club a number of years, Archie came up through the ranks, our one success so far with our youth policy and local boy Sparky, was signed from Ballymoney United in Roy Walkers reign or maybe even earlier. There's also rumours suggesting that Stuarty Addis, our back-up keeper, will retire at the end of this season too.
This in turn will free some money up, enabling our manager to get fresh talent in and the Irish cup final 'gate money' should be available to us, to further strengthen his hand, so its not all gloom and doom. But will he sign the right people for the job, his record on that front is not too good, the only success from the recent transfer window, was keeper Tall Tim. Paddy Mac was showing promise, but he seems to injury prone and he is a rough diamond to say the least.
Maca, signed from Ards was a surprise signing, as he is an out and out winger and we don't normally play with wingers, but on the plus side he has weighed in with a couple of goals, he maybe be one for next season. The less about former player Cutch the better and his gentleman's agreement with Stephen Mr Ugly Baxter, which meant Cutch couldn't play against the Crues. He is now history and he took a hand out of us in the process and in our opinion, he left a bad taste in our mouths.
Will we turn up for the last game of season tomorrow? In truth its anybody's guess, we missed the game at Ferney Park against the Ducks, but in the last four games we have been less than impressive, in our opinion again, just doing enough to get the three points and things have been going for us, the two goals that we scored at Institute comes to mind. We have really rode our luck, maybe that's the way forward, but its due to change, but we fervently hope its good for another game.
Maybe we can entice some more fans in as its the last game of the season and there's a hot Buffet after the game in the Des Allen suite, where the player awards will be handed out. But as for the game itself as usual we don't have a clue about what line-up Glenn has in mind for our last game. How does the old song go, 'for we only know there's going to be a match and Ballymena United will be there', be there or be square? So come on Sky Blues, lets shag those chicken lovers!