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  • Writer's pictureStuart Dellow

Mallards v Ards Preview

Lough 41 Championship.Ballinamallard United vs Ards.Ferney Park.Saturday January 14th at 3.00 p.m.Ards make their second trip of the season to County Fermanagh to take on Ballinamallard with the score so far even with one win each. Ards of course won 2-0 at home in November to avenge the 4-1 defeat inflicted on them when they visited Ferney Park in September. In truth 4-1 was a bit unlucky for the visitors as two of the home side's goals came in time added on.Both sides were knocked out of the Irish Cup last weekend at the first time of asking, Ards put up a creditable performance at Premiership Dungannon Swifts before going down 3-1, while the Ducks also played well losing 2-0 to another Premiership outfit in the shape of Glenavon.As far as League form goes Ballinamallard sit in eighth place with2 6 points from 21 games. They have only won one of their last five and have lost their last two to Annagh and the resurgent Harland and Wolff Welders. Encouraging for Ards fans is the fact that the Ducks have only scored 24 times in those 21 games and have a goal difference of minus eleven, furthermore they lost leading scorer BJ Banda who was transferred to Larne, leaving Shane McGinty with seven goals as leading marksman, although McGinty did score twice in that 4-1 result in September. Second highest goalscorer is the 35 year old centre back Mark Stafford who seems to be playing as well as ever.Matthew Tipton was pleased with the two debutants last week, midfielder Aidan Steele and defender Karl Hamill are likely to feature again this week and TJ Murray, who was on the bench last week could be in line to replace Eamon Scannell who will sit this one out due to the one game suspension imposed following his fifth booking of the season last Saturday at Stangmore Park. Ards are now in fifth place following Warrenpoint's midweek win at Newington, but with a home game against Warrenpoint next Saturday followed by a trip to the Brandywell, a series of good results in these next three games could put the Red and Blues back in contention following the disappointing return of one point from the two holiday fixtures.Match Officials :-Referee :- Barry Monaghan.1st Assistant :- Shane Corrigan.2nd Assistant :- Roy Beacom.

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