PLAYR-FIT Teamwear Championship.
Ards F.C vs Dergview.
Saturday 16th September at 3.00 p.m.
Had Ards held on to win a game they dominated last week, they would have been just two points behind the five teams currently in joint third place, one of those teams being Ballyclare, courtesy of the point they got in the smash and grab act last Saturday. As it stands a defeat against Dergview would put both teams on six points, a two goal victory for the visitors would put them ahead on goal difference, leaving Ards down in eleventh place, a situation that emphasises the need for a positive result for the Red and Blues this weekend.
To be fair Ards were in control for the majority of the game against Ballyclare and another performance like that, with a bit more composure when chances are created should see them extend their current unbeaten run of five games. However Dergview can't be dismissed lightly, they have won just one and lost five of their league games so far, but closer examination shows a team that are certainly no pushover. Their victory came at Blanchflower Park against the Welders and they have only lost by a single goal to Portadown, Annagh and current table toppers Dundela and Newington, the latter game seeing an injury time winner for Newington. Although Dergview have lost last season's leading scorer Mikhail Kennedy they have still managed to score nine so far this season and with the blend of youth and the experience of Garth Falconer and Gareth Harkin in the side will be no easy opponents. Falconer has been with Dergview since 2016 and Harkin has extensive experience with a number of teams in the North-West, including Coleraine and Derry City and most recently Finn Harps. It will be interesting to see who lines up in goal for the visitors, the experienced Alan Buchanan is still with the club but yet to feature this season, so net-minding duties have been shared between 20 year olds Patrick McGarvey and more recently Adam Groogan.
Ards will again be without Patrick Cafolla as he recovers from injury and James McLaughlin will begin his three game suspension following his red card dismissal last week. McLaughlin had only been on the pitch a few minutes as a late substitute when he apparently raised his hands to an opponent, an action which went unnoticed by many in the crowd but unfortunately for James not by the referee.
With a trip to joint leaders Dundela next week followed by a home game against Portadown, Ards will want to get something from this game to build confidence for even tougher challenges ahead.
Match Sponsor :- Friend of Ards F.C.
Ball sponsor :- David Sharpe.
Match Officials :-
Referee :- Mark Milligan.
1st Assistant :- Jason Millar.
2nd Assistant :- Robbie McMinn