Knockbreda v Ards
Lough 41 Championship.
Knockbreda vs Ards.
Saturday 23rd April at 3.00 p.m.
Ards travel to Breda Park for the penultimate game of their 2021/22 season. While these last two games are not crucial to Ards, their opponents in both games will be desperate to get the points that will give them a chance of avoiding relegation. As it stands Knockbreda have 31 points, while Queens, the team Ards travel to play next week have 30 points. This weekend Queens play Ballyclare, while next weekend Knockbreda travel to in-form Institute, a difficult fixture meaning they will be looking to get the win over Ards that might keep them in the relegation play-off place, thus consigning Queens to automatic relegation.
Realistically, all Ards have to play for is maintaining their current seventh position in the league, with Dundela breathing down their neck, just two points behind with those two games to go. The Red and Blues do hold the advantage over Knockbreda this season with two wins, including the exciting ten man comeback at Breda Park back in early October and a recent 5-2 result at Bangor. Knockbreda did manage a 1-1 draw at Bangor in late December.
Matthew Tipton has given a few of the talented youngsters a run out in recent games, with Boyd, Thompson and Bavelock all making their debuts, while Magee, Dalzell and Duckett also got some game time. However for these next two games Tipton has promised to field his strongest available side, in order to preserve the integrity of the competition.
This week Salou Jallow and Dee Dee McAllister are out injured and Conall Young and T.J Murray are doubtful so Patrick Cafolla might retain the captain's armband in the likely absence of Jaimie McGovern. Whatever the selection the travelling fans will be hoping for a couple of wins to end the season, starting with the three points tomorrow.
Match Officials :-
Referee - Neil Robinson.
1st Assistant - Nick Serb.
2nd Assistant - Octavian George Neacsu.