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Ards 1 v 1 Dundela

After a goalless draw away at Loughgall, Ards faced high flying Dundela at the Bangor Fuels Arena. Captain Johnny Taylor was suspended, so Jamie McGovern captained the team.

19 minutes in neat passing between Ben Cushnie and Craig McMillan gave Eamon McAllister a good chance but the winger couldn’t keep his attempt down.

Shortly after McAllister was in action again when his strong strike made Dundela stopper Jonathan Sergeant produce a good block, with Cushnie just failing to follow up on the rebound.

As the half drew to a close Daniel Burns’ strike made Brain Neeson produce his first save of the game with the half ending 0-0.

The home side had the first chance of the second half when McAllister’s shot from distance was just over the bar. Then a Dundela corner caused problems in the Ards defence, with Scott McMillan clearing the danger.

Entering the last 15 Dundela opened the scoring when substitute Eoin Kane converted following a lovely run down the wing to make it 0-1.

Then Burns’s strong strike nearly made it 0-2 with Neeson pulling off a good save to deny the striker. It looked like Ards had had their final chance to get a point when McGovern’s header from a good position was wide of the left hand post.

However, in the final minute of time added on, Ards were awarded a penalty after a hand-ball in the area. Substitute Michael McLellan took the spot kick with his attempt finding the back of the net to level the game. The match ended seconds later.

A late penalty meant that Ards get a point and remain fifth in the table.