Match Day 9. Loughgall vs Ards.
Loughgall vs Ards.
Bluefin Sport Championship.
Saturday 21st September at 3.00 p.m.
Another big game for Ards this week as they take on one of the early season pacesetters in Loughgall. In fact the Villagers were top of the table until last weekend when Ballinamallard beat them 2-1, allowing Portadown to take over the top spot. This was Loughgall's first League defeat of the season, but if Ards want some comfort, it could come from the fact that Loughgall only have one win from their four home games so far, against Dergview, although their two drawn home games were against Portadown and Dundela, currently first and third respectively in the League table.
The home side currently have a four point advantage over Ards, so Saturday's game is important to both sides. In the first eight league games both teams have conceded 11 times, but Loughgall have scored 20 times while Ards have only managed 12. The Ards defence will have to keep a close eye on Nathaniel Ferris who scored seven times in August and was chosen as the NIFWA player of the month for that particular month.
Ards will be hoping that David McAllister who was their player of the month for August, will be fit to take part. He has had to limp off the pitch early in the last two games after some close attention from opposing defenders. David has been in great form so far this season and if absent will be sorely missed.
Warren Feeney's team selection will be interesting, does he go for the youthful enthusiasm of Ben Cushnie up front or the experience of Michael McLellan? Ben has scored in his last two games against QUBFC and Ballyclare while Michael's total of 25 in the Red and Blue makes him second only to the long serving Craig McMillen as the leading goalscorer currently on the books.
The PASC bus to this game will leave the Social Club/Gibson's Lane area at 1.15 p.m. and fans are encouraged to support the PASC who provide transport to most games.
Referee : Chris Morrison.
1st Assistant : Gary Ewing.
2nd Assistant : Matthew Thornbury.