Lough 41 Championship.
Dundela vs Ards.
Saturday 13th November at 3.00 p.m
John Bailie must be pulling his hair out as Ards title challenge has stuttered a little recently with only one point earned from their last three games. Some exciting displays which took the Red and Blues to the top of the table have been followed by some poor team performances, although fortunately other teams have also dropped points leaving Ards still in second place just one point behind Newry City.
This game against a struggling Dundela is an opportunity for Ards to get back to winning ways. Ex Ards manager Niall Currie who took over from Colin Nixon, another ex Ards manager, in mid September following Ards 2-0 victory over Dundela at Clandeboye Park, hasn't yet been able to turn things around for the Duns, who languish in eleventh position a full nine points behind Institute who occupy tenth position. However Ards can't take things for granted because although Dundela have only one league win to their name this season, that was a comprehensive 4-0 hammering of Harland and Wolff Welders, the Duns also got a creditable draw away to Newry and defeated Carrick Rangers in the County Antrim Shield, so on their day the experienced squad can give any team a game.
Talking of the Duns squad it is liberally sprinkled with players who will be familiar to Ards fans, indeed if Niall was of a mind to, he could almost field a first eleven of players who have previously played in Red and Blue!
Ards will be without Calvin McCurry for this one as he was called up to the Northern Ireland Under 21 squad but captain Jaimie McGovern is available after serving his three game suspension. John Bailie may look to shake up the starting eleven after a couple of lack lustre displays, whatever combination he chooses will be made fully aware that an improvement is needed as Ballyclare and Loughgall are just two points behind Ards in the table.
The PASC will be running a bus to the game, leaving the Social Club/Gibson's Lane at 2.15 p.m.
Match Officials -
Referee - Neil Robinson.
1st Assistant - David Burns.
2nd Assistant - Dean Duddy.