Linfield travels to Mourneview Park in the semi-finals of the Irish Cup to face Ballymena United. A couple of days ago, they experienced a surprise in the championship with a defeat at home against Larne, so that their confidence is shaken. They only needed to win a point to seal the title this season, but Larne didn’t think so. After disappointing games in the championship, Ballymena United will enjoy the opportunity to lift the Irish Cup and a place in the European qualifiers that go along with it. In their last duel, David Jeffrey’s team beat the Dungannon Swifts 3:1 to boost their confidence and keep that alive in their hopes of securing European qualifiers. Striker Shay McCarten represents a revelation this season with 18 goals in 36 appearances, but today he will be out of action as he is on loan from Linfield and can’t play against his club. Linfield has a very hectic schedule because this is their 6th game in 18 days, so given the offensive potential of the hosts, I believe we will watch an open and efficient match.