Knockbreda vs Ards.
Bluefin Sport Championship.
Thursday 26th December at 2.00 p.m.
After successive 3-0 wins against Dundela and Loughgall who were both above the Red and Blues in the league table, Ards travel to Knockbreda on Boxing Day to take on the team currently bottom of the division. However, John Bailie's men can't afford to take the opposition lightly as they won 3-2 in Bangor at the end of November. Furthermore, Knockbreda are having their own "new manager bounce" as Colin McIlwrath, who succeeded Lee Forsythe in the Breda Park hot seat has seen his revitalised team win three and draw one of their last five games, this after going 14 games without a win since their opening day success at Ballinamallard! They will be fighting for every point to get away from the relegation zone, because although they are equal on points with Dergview, with whom they drew 1-1 last time out, they have played two games more.
Ards fans will be hoping the team can win three games in a row for the first time this season and can continue to make some ground on the teams above them. The more optimistic will also be hoping for a third successive clean sheet!
The small squad will be depleted by the absence of Craig Harris who picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Loughgall and consequently has a one game ban. On the plus side leading scorer Michael McLellan returns to the squad after his suspension and Dylan Wilson, who made a brief appearance as a substitute on Saturday seemed to suffer no ill effects. Ben Cushnie remains a doubt.
It was good to see an improved attendance at the Loughgall game and it is hoped a big holiday crowd will make the short journey to Breda Park. Please note this game has a 2.00 p.m. kick off. Unfortunately, due to prohibitive costs at this time of year the PASC will not be running a bus to this fixture so fans are encouraged to car share.
Match Officials : Not known at the time of writing.