Ards vs Harland and Wolff Weders.
County Antrim Shield. Round 2.
Bangor Fuels Arena.
Tuesday 15th October at 7.45 p.m.
The winners of this tie will book a place in the semi-finals of the County Antrim Shield which will be played on November 19th. The Welders, who were struggling in the relegation zone and were knocked out of the League Cup by Institute last week, came from behind to beat league leaders Portadown 2-1 on Saturday, which will certainly have them believing they can overcome an out of sorts Ards side that slipped to a 5-1 defeat away to Newry City last time out. A result which in truth could have been an even heavier defeat had City taken more of their many chances.
Like many teams in the Championship, the Welders have been inconsistent this season so far, they started with a 2-0 win against Newry on opening day but until Saturday's win they had only managed to win one other league game, against Queens. However they did win away fixtures to Premier opposition in the shape of Warrenpoint in the League Cup and Carrick Rangers in the County Antrim Shield and those results coupled with the defeat of Portadown show that their current League position might not be a true reflection.
Ards may have to face ex Ards favourite Ross Arthurs, current top scorer for the visitors with six goals and other goal threats may come from Matthew Ferguson, son of Glenn "Spike" Ferguson and also Jonathan Smith who featured briefly for Ards on loan from Linfield last season.
Warren Feeney will hope for a much improved performance from his squad because a repeat of Saturday's display will not be enough to beat a re-vitalised Welders side. The manager should be able to call on Johnny Taylor who has now completed his three match ban and fans will hope that David McAllister is at last fit enough to be involved and add that bit of creativity that has been lacking recently. Ards did have a victory over the Welders earlier this season when a goal from Michael McLellan gave them a 1-0 win on Match Day 2, a similar result would be enough for the faithful fans on Tuesday.
A reminder to fans that this is a knock-out competition and therefore season tickets are not valid.
Match Sponsor : Perry Donaldson.
Ball Sponsor : P. and M. Car Electrics, Comber Road, Newtownards.
Author - Stuart Dellow