BBC Sport - Irish Cup: Linfield handed Ballymena United Windsor opener

Blues handed Ballymena Irish Cup opener

Linfield manager David Healy says Ballymena United will be tough opening opposition in the Irish Cup while Braidmen boss Glenn Ferguson admits he was hoping to avoid the Blues.

"The last thing anybody wants is to go Seaview or Windsor Park for a cup tie but we've been drawn against Linfield and it's done and dusted," said the Ballymena boss.

"It certainly won't be easy but we've done it (beaten Linfield at Windsor Park) before and we'll take confidence from that."