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BALLINAMALLARD UNITED 2 v 3 ARDS

FRIDAY, 21 APRIL, 2017  DANSKE BANK PREMIERSHIP


Colin Nixon created a small piece of history when he became the first Ards manager to claim a win at Ballinamallard’s Ferney Park.


The first half was a drab affair, the only highlight being Johnny Taylor’s clearance which dislodged a sign above the stand.


The second period was a different story.  Ards went on the offensive early on and Matthew Shevlin continued his good run of form with a well-executed effort.


Ballinamallard equalised soon after through Gary Armstrong.  The match was flowing from end to end and Ards regained the lead when Kyle Cherry headed in from close range on 71 minutes.


Ards were taking control, but the Ducks were still a threat and restored parity for the second time on 77 minutes when Colm McLaughlin fired home after Ards failed to clear their lines.


The visitors had several opportunities to regain the lead, but couldn’t convert their chances.  Their fans most have thought that they would have to settle for a point.  


Michael Ruddy had other ideas though.  Craig McMillen sent over a perfectly-placed corner kick with minutes to spare.  Ruddy, totally unmarked, headed home from a few yards out to shorten the homeward journey for the dedicated band of travelling supporters.


Ards – Aaron Hogg, Greg Hall, Michael Ruddy, Adam McAleenan, Johnny Taylor, David McCullough, Craig McMillen, Kyle Cherry, Guillaume Keke, Matthew Shevlin, Jordan Hughes.  Subs used – Josh Kelly, Carl McComb, Gerard McMullan. Subs unused: Callum Byers,

Jonah Mitchell.

Referee – Steven Taylor.