• Jana McCabe

Ducks sunk in the rain

Updated: Nov 12, 2019

After a frustrating defeat at the DUB last weekend Ards sat eleven points behind leaders Portadown. This week's opponents Ballinmallard sat 3rd so the outcome of this game could prove crucial later on in the season. 

After only 2 minutes John Edgar’s strike made Brian Neeson produce a fine save as the away side looked for an early lead. Then, Dylan Wilson’s strike from a Kym Nelson free kick was just wide of the left hand post. 

However in the 29th min the home side opened the scoring when a lovely cross from the re-called Eamon McAllister was met by a Michael McLellan volley which found the back of the net,1-0! 

The home side couldn’t keep the lead going into the break as in the final minute of  the half Nathan Cashel’s close range header found the back of the net to make it 1-1 at the interval. 

5minutes into the new half Callum Moorehead’s strong strike made it 1-2 to the frustration of the Red and Blue Army. 

Busy Eamon McAllister then had his powerful shot saved shortly after. And on 66 Edgar had his effort denied by Neeson. 

The away side nearly doubled their lead when Ben McCann’s volley was on target, however Neeson palmed his attempt away to clear the danger. 

Entering the final 15 the home side got the equaliser when David McAllister’s header at  the far post found the back of the net leaving the Mallards keeper helpless, 2-2! 

On 82 Neeson pulled off the save of the game when he somehow tipped a Mallards strike over the bar , Asuperb save keeping Ards in the hunt.

However the goals weren’t done yet as the PASC Player of the month for October Scott McMillan headed a deserved winner for the home side to make it 3-2 in the 93rdminute. 

A crucial three points for Ards that takes them up to fifth place, behind Dundela on goal difference.

Starting 11- Neeson, McMillan, Armstrong, McGovern, Taylor, Murray, Nelson, McLellan, D McAllister, E McAllister and Wilson. 

Unused subs- McCLean, Harris, McConnell, Calderwood and Shearer. 

Yellow card - Johnny Taylor.