• Jana McCabe

Loughgall 0 v 0 Ards

After a convincing win against Ballyclare, Ards faced top of the table Loughgall.

An uneventful first half saw few chances with Ards stopper Brian Neeson having the first chance of the game in the twentieth minute when his free kick found the top of the netting.

On 32 minutes Dylan Wilson’s strike from inside the box was well saved and the uneventful half ended 0-0.

Early in the second half Ards were lucky not to go one down after a scramble between Neeson and two Dergview strikers nearly saw the ball find the back of the net, however, the chance was cleared.

Craig McMillen’s strike after 50 mins from outside the box was just over the bar. Kym Nelson then had another free kick but, in a similar fashion to an earlier effort, his attempt wasn’t near the target.

Then the busy McMillen had his strike denied by the Dergview stopper with 25 minutes left, before Brian Neeson in the Ards goal denied a Loughgall opener. Another scramble saw McMillan have to clear the danger off the line as both sides looked for a goal.

With just over 10 minutes left Ards captain Johnny Taylor was shown a red card for an off the ball incident during an Ards corner kick, which meant that Ards had to play the remainder of the game with 10 men. Michael McLellan had a goal bound effort cleared by the home side’s keeper in the remaining 5 minutes.

In injury time Loughgall had a good penalty appeal when the ball struck Calderwood's hand, waved away by the referee, with the game ending 0-0.

A goalless draw means Ards walk away with a point. Next up is Dundela at home, a game which could prove crucial at the end of the season.