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Ballyclare v Ards Match Preview

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Ballyclare Comrades vs Ards.

Dixon Park.

Saturday 28th October at 3.00 p.m.


It doesn't get any easier for Matthew Tipton's under pressure side as they travel to take on Ballyclare who so far remain unbeaten at home this season, with Bangor, Portadown and Newington all losing at Dixon Park. Consequently the Comrades sit in sixth position with 18 points, knowing that a good run of results would put them in the mix for promotion. They did lose 1-0 at Ballinamallard last time out which may give the Red and Blues fans making the journey some grounds for optimism.

Ards good run of six unbeaten games in the league has been forgotten as they have only picked up a single point in the last four games, three of those being at home. That is not to say that those games haven't shown flashes of good football, but a failure to take chances and thereby kill off teams when on top combined with the conceding of goals through individual error rather than good play by the opposition, has had a detrimental effect on their recent results. Ards now find themselves in the relegation play-off place, level on points and goal difference with Dergview but behind on goals scored. A sustained run of good results is needed soon, or the hoped for promotion challenge could turn into a fight to avoid a relegation play-off at the end of the season. Knockbreda look doomed to automatic relegation even at this early stage as they have yet to earn a single point this season.

Ballyclare have a potent attack with the ex Ards duo of Calvin McCurry and Darius Roohi having scored five and six goals respectively so far, although Roohi did fail to convert a penalty that would have earned his side a draw last week at Ferney Park. Another familiar face to Ards fans is Conall McGrandles who was sent of in the first half of the earlier meeting this season when the sides drew 2-2 at Clandeboye Park. Ards striker James McLaughlin also received his marching orders late in that game after the ten men of Ballyclare had come back to earn a point.

Ards will again be without Patrick Cafolla and Michael Ruddy, while Eamon Scannell will miss the game through suspension having picked up his fifth yellow card in last week's defeat at the hands of Annagh United. The introduction of Salou Jallow and Max Miller brought a more attacking threat in the second half last week and fans will no doubt hope for a positive approach against the Comrades. However, it remains to be seen how Matthew Tipton lines up for this one, a draw wouldn't be a bad result but if the team want to move up the table a few three point games are essential.


Match Officials :-


Referee :- Diarmuid Harrigan.

1st Assistant :- Gareth O'Donnell.

2nd Assistant :- Niall McGuinness.

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