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  • Writer's pictureStuart Dellow


Lough 41 Championship.

Institute vs Ards.

Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium.

Saturday 15th October at 3.00 p.m.

It's back to the search for league points after the mid-week diversion of knock-out football as Ards make the long trek to take on Institute. Three consecutive league wins has seen Ards move up to the top half of the table and they now lie in fifth position with 15 points. Institute have eight points and are in tenth position, having lost their last two games. Institute are the epitome of inconsistency though, having won the two games prior to those last two defeats, keeping clean sheets against Dergview and Ballyclare, they earlier lost 5-0 to a struggling Welders side, but only lost by a single goal to Loughgall, Annagh and Dundela, the current top three sides in the division.

One player Ards might need to be wary of is Cathair Friel, he joined pre-season and has scored twice so far, he has extensive experience in the Premiership with several teams, notably Ballymena United, current top scorer is Jamie Dunne who has scored three of the team's ten goals. Ards don't always enjoy trips to the Brandywell, but those who were there for the last visit in October 2021 saw a 3-0 victory which included a goal of the season contender from Salou Jallow. However that might not be a reliable guide as five of the starting eleven that day are no longer with the club and Dee Dee McAllister who scored a rare headed goal in that victory remains on the injured list.

Ards will surely revert to the starting eleven that won those last three league games, Matthew Tipton made nine changes in the line up for the clash with Glentoran, obviously with league points in mind. Brian Donaghey, ex Ards player and Institute manager will want to see his side get back on the winning trail and climb away from their current position, just one place above the relegation play-off spot.

A win for Ards tomorrow would move them up to fourth position as Warrenpoint's clash at Newington has been postponed due to the home side having four players involved with the N.I.Regions squad. Anything less than a win would see them drop one place if Ballinamallard can do what nobody has managed so far this season and take three points off Loughgall.

Match Officials :-

Referee :- Diarmuid Harrigan.

1st Assistant :- Niall McGuinness.

2nd Assistant :- Richard Hegarty.

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