Jonathan McMurray has endured an injury plauged season for Ballymena United so far this campaign. ©INPHO/ Porter


Ballymena United striker Jonathan McMurray is relishing being fit again and playing football, writes Aaron O'Neill.

The 23 year-old made his first appearance of the 2017/18 domestic season against Glentoran midweek after a long battle with a groin injury. David Jeffrey’s side progressed to the semi-final stage of the County Antrim Shield after McMurray’s spectacular effort ensured a 1-0 victory for the Sky Blues.

Speaking after the win McMurray said, “It feels good to be back and get minutes again. It’s great to get the win and to get back scoring.

“The boys were brilliant and we seemed a lot better defensively so we can’t complain. “It’s been a nightmare having to tell people ‘a couple of weeks.’ Hopefully the crowds will start coming back and we can get a few wins under our belt and take off again.

“I want to get back in the swing of things. I have a target of 20 goals but obviously I’ve missed a few months but I’m definitely going to try and hit that.

McMurray has not featured domestically for Ballymena since the end of last and he admitted that being injured and sitting in the stands left him frustrated at times. “I tore my groin the Thursday night before we played Crusaders on the first day of the season which was a big letdown to be honest.

“We didn’t know what way to treat it. It was a disaster and we were constantly banging our heads together. It took a long time but once I finally got it settled it came back to normal.

“We’ve managed the injury really well. He’s (David Jeffrey) constantly kept me going and I’ve been keeping him going too so it’s good to be back but psychologically, it got to me at times.

The Sky Blues entertain one of McMurray’s previous clubs on Saturday. Ballymena United take on Warrenpoint Town at The Showgrounds and the forward is fully aware of the task in hand.

“Warrenpoint is a great club and I loved it down there.

“They are very good upfront, Darren Murray is brilliant at times and Stephen Murray has a lot of pace too.

“They have a decent team and people tend to put them down to where they are in the league and they might not be doing so well but it just takes one slip-up and things can change.”

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