• Jana McCabe

Ards Crush the Comrades

Ards faced Ballyclare Comrades in this Friday night clash at Clandeboye Park, with the winner of the game destined for the top of the table, for at least one night.

In the opening five minutes Ciaran Dobbin’s strike from distance was looping below the crossbar but Neeson palmed the danger out for a corner, which was to no avail for the away side. Ards had their first chance of the game eight minutes in when TJ Murray’s free header from the far post was just wide.

Shortly after, Ards were awarded a freekick about 20 yards out. Conall Young’s delivery found Calvin McCurry but, as he was under pressure by the Comrades defence, he passed to Eamon Scannell with his strike from the edge of the box being just off target.

29 minutes in and the home side took the lead and in some style too! Young’s pass was edged on by a Scannell header which was off target. However, the danger was still alive with the rebound falling to Cafolla, who let the ball bounce round the defender and then struck it first time with the powerful shot finding the top left hand corner, 1-0!

3 minutes later TJ Murray’s volley was wide of the left hand post as the home side looked to get a quick second.

5 minutes before half time the travelling Ballyclare fans were appealing for a penalty, arguing that the ball hit off the hand of an Ards defender but the referee waved the appeals away.

And barely a minute later and it was 2-0 with Ross Arthurs’ beautiful volley finding the top corner after a clever McCurry set up. Definitely a goal worth watching back on the highlights!