• Jana McCabe

Ards back on track


After a disappointing draw away to Dergview last weekend, Ards welcomed Dundela, a team containing many former Ards players and an ex Ards manager - Colin Nixon - leading them from the touchline. The away side came in to the match looking to change their form as, so far this season, they have been unconvincing and are bottom of the league.

Dundela had the better start to the game, when Owain Beggs beat Jamie McGovern to give himself a one on one opportunity, but Neeson denied the striker an early goal.

Against the run of play in the nineteenth minute, the home side took the lead when Craig McMillen’s through ball found Patrick Cafolla who passed to Kym Nelson and his close-range strike opened the scoring continuing his promising start to the season.

Only 4 minutes later the travelling side arguably could have been awarded a penalty when there was a a foul in the box, but referee Louise Thompson waved off the appeals with replays later showing that it was just outside the penalty area .

Beggs then had his strike from distance saved as the away side continued to press for an equaliser. As half time approached a well-timed pass from Conall Young found Calvin McCurry whose strike was on target, but easily saved by keeper Matthews.

But Ards were'nt to be denied as they doubled their lead when the experienced McMillen regained possession following a tussle by the corner flag with his cross eventually providing McCurry with a good chance. However his strike was saved with the rebound falling to Ross Arthurs who made no mistake making it 2-0

In the opening stages of the second half, Jordan Hughes was through on goal but his strong effort was saved by Neeson whilst Ards old boy William Faulkner then couldn’t keep his attempt on target as, as was the case in the first half, Dundela dominated early on.

Then a strike from another ex-Ards player, substitute Eoghan McCawl,