BALLYMENA 0 V 6 ARDS

ARDS HIT BALLYMENA FOR 6 IN THE ULSTER CUP EARLY IN THE SEASON WITH A GARETH DAVIES SCREAMER OPENING THE SCORING , A HARRY MCOURT HAT TRICK AND 2 FURTHER GOALS FROM MARTY MAGEE AND DAVID JEFFREY COMPLETED THE ROUT

ARDS 1 V 1 OMAGH 

ARDS WIN ON PENS

ANOTHER MEMORABLE NIGHT UNDER THE LIGHTS AT CASTLEREAGH PARK SEEN ARDS BEAT OMAGH ON PENALTIES , ANDY BEATTIES GOAL LEVELLED AFTER TRAILING FOR A LONG SPELL , THEN CAME THE DRAMA OF THE SHOOTOUT WITH LIAM COYLE SCORING OMAGHS ONLY PENALTY AT THE THIRD ATTEMPT , ARDS SCORED ALL 3 BEFORE OMAGHS 4TH WENT WIDE OF THE POST TO SPARK JUBILANT CELEBRATIONS AND SEND ARDS INTO THE SEMI FINAL AGAINST GLENAVON

NEWRY 2 V 3 ARDS

ARDS EVENTUALLY CAME OUT ON TOP AWAY TO NEWRY AFTER A BRACE FROM ANDY BEATTIE AND ANOTHER FROM HARRY MCCOURT .

ARDS 3 V 2 CLIFTONVILLE 

ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS ARDS COMEBACKS CAME COURTESY OF KEN BLOOD A CVILLE OWN GOAL AND AN ABSOLUTE SCREAMER FROM PAUL MOONEY , CLIFTONVILLE HAD CRUISED ALONG FOR THE MAJORITY OF THE SEMI FINAL EVEN WITH 10 MEN , BUT WITH SOME ARDS FANS ALREADY BACK ON THE BUSES LICKING THEIR WOUNDS ARDS STAGED A COMEBACK OF EPIC PROPORTIONS THAT THE ROY OF THE ROVERS WRITERS COULDNT DREAM UP , WITH 88 MINUTES PLAYED KEN BLOOD HEADED HOME AND SHORTLY AFTER A PAUL MOONEY FREE KICK PUNTED INTO THE BOX CAUSED PANIC AND AN OWN GOAL FROM JOE KERR BROUGHT THE SCORES LEVEL , AND JUST AS EVERYONE WAS PREPARING FOR EXTRA TIME PAUL MOONEY  SMASHED A VENOMOUS FREE KICK HIGH INTO THE NET FROM 40 YARDS OUT. THE CELEBRATIONS IN THE SOUTH STAND WERE TERRIFIC AND THE SUPPORTERS THAT HAD LEFT EARLY JUST COULDNT BELIEVE WHAT THEY WERE HEARING WHEN THE NEWS CAME THROUGH THAT ARDS HAD WON .

DISTILLERY 1 V 2 ARDS

YET AGAIN ANDY BEATTIE AND DARREN ERSKINE GOT THEIR NAMES ON THE SCORESHEET AS ARDS CAME FROM BEHIND IN THIS CAS QUARTER FINAL BEATTIE SLIDING IN TO CONVERT A LOW CROSS AT THE FAR POST AND DARREN ERSKINE SMASHED HOME A PENALTY IN EXTRA TIME

ARDS 1 V 2 PORTADOWN

ARDS NARROWLY LOST OUT TO CHAMPIONS ELECT PORTADOWN IN A WARM UP FOR THE IRISH CUP SEMI FINAL BUT THEY WERE NOT WITHOUT THEIR CHANCES AND MADE THE PORTS FIGHT ALL THE WAY , BRYAN MCLOUGHLIN SCORED THE HOME SIDES GOAL BUT THE PORTS JUST ABOUT HELD ON FOR 3 POINTS

ARDS 3 V 2 LINFIELD

THIS WIN OVER THE BLUES IN THE IRISH CUP IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST MEMORABLE FOR MANY ARDS FANS DURING THE EARLY 90s . THE CHRONICLE SPORTS REPORTER JIM PALMER HAD STATED HE WAS CONVINCED ARDS WOULD WIN ONCE HE SEEN THE CUP DRAW AND DESPITE GOING BEHIND EARLY AND WITHSTANDING ALOT OF LINFIELD PRESSURE HIS STATEMENT WAS WELL WARRANTED AS ARDS LIFTED THEMSELVES AFTER RAB CAMPBELL EAQUALISED JUST BEFOR HALF TIME . IN THE 2ND HALF SOME PING PONG IN THE BLUES BOX WAS POUNCED ON BY DAVY EDDIS AND TOMMY KINCAID SUPERBLY PUT ARDS 3-1 UP AND THEY HELD ON EVEN AFTER LINFIELD SNEAKED A 2ND ,CASTLEREAGH PARK WAS BOUNCING AT THE FINAL WHISTLE IN FRONT OF A CROWD OF AROUND 4500 TO 5000 

ARDS 2 V 2 PORTADOWN

ARDS GRABBED AN INJURY TIME EQUALISER IN AN ENTERTAINING DRAW WITH PORTADOWN WITH DARREN ERSKINE GETTING A BRACE

ARDS 1 V 0 GLENAVON

AFTER THE THRILLING SHOOTOUT V OMAGH IT WAS ON TO WINDSOR PARK TO FACE GLENAVON IN THE SEMI FINAL OF THE ULSTER CUP , ARDS HAD TO WITHSTAND ALOT OF PRESSURE FROM THE LURGAN BLUES ALTHOUGH THEY WENT CLOSE ON A FEW OCCASIONS THEMSELVES AND HARRY McCOURT MADE SURE ONE OF THEM COUNTED AS HE HEADED IN THE WINNER FROM A TOMMY MCDONALD CROSS TO SET UP A FINAL V LINFIELD AT THE OVAL

LARNE 1 V 3 ARDS

ALL 4 GOALS CAME IN THE 2ND HALF OF THIS BUDWIESER CUP QUARTER FINAL WITH ERSKINE AND BUCKETS McGAUGHEY AMONGST THE SCORERS THAT CLAIMED A SEMI FINAL V CVILLE

ARDS 2 V 1 GLENAVON 

YET ANOTHER SEMI FINAL FOR ARDS THIS TIME IN THE COUNTY ANTRIM SHIELD AND A LATE WINNER FROM DARREN ERSKINE SENT THE ARDS FANS CRAZY , GLENAVON HAD LEAD AT THE BREAK BUT AN ANDY BEATTIE INSPIRED 2ND HALF PERFORMANCE TURNED THE GAME ON ITS HEAD AND ARDS MARCHED INTO THE FINAL

BALLYMENA 0 V 3 ARDS

ARDS NOTCHED UP A ROUTINE VICTORY AS GOALS FROM BEATTIE AND THE MAGIC FEET OF MARTY McCANN SEEN THE RED AND BLUES CRUISE TO A 3-0 WIN AT THE SHOWGROUNDS

OMAGH 1 V 4 ARDS

A FIRST CUP FINAL IN 17 YEARS AWAITED ARDS IN THIS LEAGUE CUP SEMI FINAL AS THEY SWEPT ASIDE THE TYRONE OUTFIT WITH WINKIE ARMSTRONG NOTHCHING 2 AND DESPITE A SUPER PENALTY SAVE FROM THE OMAGH KEEPER RAB CAMPBELL BUNDLED IN THE THIRD  , OMAGH DID PULL ONE BACK THROUGH A LEEMAN OG BUT BRYAN MCLOUGHLIN ALMOST IMMEDIATLEY ENDED ANY HOPES OF A COMEBACK SETTING UP A FINAL APPEARANCE AGAINST THE GLENS

PORTADOWN 2 V 3 ARDS

A REMARKABLE TURNAROUND AT SHAMROCK PARK SAW ARDS COME FROM 2-0 DOWN AGAINST 2ND PLACED PORTADOWN . TOMMY MCDONALD HAD SCORED A HAMMER OF A GOAL TO PUT ARDS BACK IN THE GAME AND AFTER KEENAN HAD BEEN RED CARDED HE STRUCK AGAIN TO BURST THE NET FOR 2-2 AND IN INJURY TIME THE ARDS SUPPORTERS WERE ECSTATIC WHEN RAB CAMPBELL VOLLEYED HOME ON THE TURN TO COMPLETE THE COMEBACK

ARDS 0 V 0 LINFIELD

Thanks to Alan Rowley for kindly supplying the following footage