After not winning a game in January, Ards looked to bounce back with a home tie against Dergview. Conall Young made his debut for the Red and Blues, while Johnny Taylor, Jamie McGovern and David McAllister all returned to the starting 11 after being suspended or injured. It didn’t take long for the home side to open the scoring as, on 6 minutes , skilful control and patience paid off for debutant Young as his left footed strike found the back of the net. 1-0 in some style! Then, Craig McMillen’s corner connected with Johnny Taylor with his strike crashing off the post. Ards nearly doubled their lead when a pass from the busy Young found Nelson, however his header in front of goal was wide of the left hand post. In the twenty fourth minute Kyle Calderwood’s strong strike from distance deflected and found its way past the keeper for 2-0. Soon afterwards Ards nearly scored a third when David McAllister’s well-timed pass found Michael McLellan but his header was saved by Dergview keeper Wells. The home side didn't have to wait too long for their third as in the 28th minute a corner found Johnny Taylor who stayed composed in front of goal and he made no mistake 3-0 However the away side got one back in the thirty second minute when Matthew Callaghan’s finish beat Brian Neeson after a good save to make it 3-1. Before the half ended McAllister had his strike from range denied by the Dergview stopper, with McLellan also having an attempt saved. The half ended 3-1. The away side could have pulled another goal back early in the second half when Emmet McNabb’s attempt was on target. However Brian Neeson was able to save the strike and keep the game at 3-1. On 58 minutes McLellan’s shot was off the woodwork as Ards pushed for a fourth. However it was the away side who would get the next goal in the seventy second minute when McNabb’s shot from the right hand side found the back of the net. Ards came under some pressure and a Callaghan close range strike was denied by Neeson as Dergview looked to grab the equaliser. However Ards literally weathered the storm and restored their two goal lead when a well-timed pass from McMillen found Salou Jallow who beat Wells to make it 4-2 on 78 Then, close to full time, after a move up the right wing, Young’s cross found fellow debutant Sam Dinu at the far post and he found the back of the net. 5-2, with the game ending seconds later. So a great start to the February fixtures for Ards in an exciting game where both teams played well in very difficult conditions, however, with the injury to man of the match Craig McMillen, it was a bitter sweet victory. Kyle Calderwood picked up his fifth yellow card and will also miss next week's game. Next up for Ards is a trip to Wilgar Park next Saturday to face Dundela. Starting eleven : Neeson, Young, McGovern, Taylor, Armstrong, D.McAllister, Nelson, Calderwood, Jallow, McMillen, McLellan. Subs used : E. McAllister, Dinu, Gemmell. Subs not used : Dalzell, Harwood.
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