Dungannon Swifts vs Ards.
Saturday, December 29th at 3.00 p.m.
Given our current position in the league, I'm probably clutching at straws but maybe, just maybe there is some hope in that our next two games are against Dungannon and Linfield and these are the only two teams that haven't beaten us in League games this season! We have drawn twice with Saturday's opponents and no Ards fan needs reminded about our games against the Blues this season.
However Dungannon will present a tough test and even though they will be without Seanan Clucas who was sent off on Boxing Day, they will expect to pick up the three points against Ards who are in desperate need of someone who can score a goal or three! In the last four games, despite some spirited performances and not through lack of chances, the only goal to our credit has been an own goal courtesy of Cliftonville. On Boxing Day even Institute fans were wondering how Ards came away with nothing in terms of goals or points, Eamon McAllister was doubly unlucky having hit the bar with a great effort early on and then being denied an equaliser with the save of the match in the last minute.
Hopefully David McAllister will be able to return to the starting line up and there were no other injuries in the Institute game so there won't be too many surprises in the team selection. Ards can't afford to wait any longer before results improve, perhaps this is the game that will kick-start the revival? Be there and see for yourself!
The PASC are running a bus to the game, leaving the Social club/Gibson's Lane at 1.15 p.m. All Ards fans are welcome.