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  • Writer's pictureMichael Barritt

DUNDELA V ARDS PREVIEW

Lough 41 Championship.

Dundela vs Ards.

Wilgar Park.

Saturday 25th March at 3.00 p.m.



Currently in seventh position, Ards visit Dundela for the first time this season in the knowledge that they must win to have any chance of being in the top six when the league splits. Unfortunately even a win will not guarantee a top six place as an inferior goal difference to the other contenders means that Ards would have to hope that Ballyclare lose at Newington and that the Welders don't get a point when they host title favourites Loughgall. If these results do go the way Ards fans are hoping for, Ballinamallard could still claim that final top six spot by winning their two remaining games away to Annagh United and away to Knockbreda on April 1st, as they sit just a point behind Ards with a game in hand. Whatever the final outcome there will no doubt be many calculations made during this weekend's fixtures as the scores drift in.

Both Ards and Dundela have won three of their last five matches and both teams have been plagued with inconsistent form, recent results for Dundela include wins over Ballinamallard and Warrenpoint Town and a defeat at Wilgar Park by relegation threatened Knockbreda. However the Duns sit in fourth place with a game in hand and have a realistic chance of pushing for the second spot and the promotion play-off place that comes with it, so they won't be taking it easy.

So far this season the teams have met twice, both games at Clandeboye Park and Ards just have the edge, with a 1-0 win in September followed up by a 1-1 draw on New Year's eve. However Ards recent record at Wilgar Park hasn't been impressive and fans will be hoping for a continuation of the recent improved form if that situation is to change.

There have been encouraging signs recently, there seems to be a more positive approach and while chances are still being missed at least they are being created. Adam Salley's clinically taken double last week in the 4-1 win over Knockbreda showed that given the right pass he will score more often than not, he now has 19 for the season and is five clear of Eamon Scannell as leading goalscorer. There are unlikely to be any changes in the squad for this game, Greg Hall and Kyle Calderwood are still on the injured list, hopefully Conor Scannell will be fit to play a part after his impressive performance for Northern Ireland Under 19s against France on Wednesday.


Match Officials :-

Referee :- Michael McKenna.

1st Assistant :- Gareth O'Donnell.

2nd Assistant :- Niall McGuinness.

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