• Jana McCabe


After victory against Dundela last weekend and a convincing League Cup victory against Dollingstown, Ards made the long trip to play Institute. Since bringing in new manager Brian Donaghey, the home side’s form has improved with the hosts also winning their midweek League Cup tie against PSNI.

Fifteen minutes in Ards had their first chance of the game when Patrick Cafolla’s through ball looked destined to find Kym Nelson but keeper Connolly made a sliding tackle to deny the midfielder an attempt.

Shortly afterwards, Institute were awarded a free kick in a dangerous position, but Brendan McLaughlin’s strike posed no threat to Neeson who easily saved the chance.

20 minutes in and Salou Jallow’s pass found Nelson in the box, however he struggled to control the ball giving the Institute defence time to reshape and be alert for the upcoming strike.

Then Jallow showed impressive pace down the wing to connect with Neeson’s clearance with his pass finding Glover at the edge of the box. The resulting strike was deflected but fell to Ross Arthurs whose shot from close range was also deflected, this time out for a corner.

The resulting corner was originally cleared but Cafolla was able to get possession back near the the edge of the box. After the looping ball deflected off keeper Connolly, Arthurs’ first touch found the roof of the net to make it 0-1, with the Ards striker picking up an injury in the process but, after treatment, he was able to continue.

Ards had the last chance before the break when they were awarded a corner, with the dangerous delivery hitting the crossbar.

The half ended 0-1 with Ards dominating possession. The away side were able to take advantage of mistakes in the Institute defence but lacked that finishing touch on occasions.