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  • Writer's pictureStuart Dellow

Match Preview Ards v Queens County Antrim Senior Shield

Ards F.C vs Queen's University.

Clandeboye Park.

Wednesday 6th September at 7.45 p.m.

Ards take on Queen's in the last of the first round games, having had to re-arrange the original date as their landlords Bangor also had a home draw. This competition was inaugurated in 1888 and was last won by Ards in the 1993/94 season when they beat Crusaders 4-2 at the Oval. Ards also hosted Queen's in the first round of this competition a year ago, almost to the day, when they won 4-2 on September 7th. The students were leading 2-0 in that game before having a man sent off in the 56th minute, Ards capitalised on their numerical advantage and goals from Adam Salley and Dan Reynolds added to a couple from Ross Arthurs clinched the win, all three goalscorers on that day are no longer at the club.

Although still to find their best form this season, Ards will be looking to extend their run of three games unbeaten against their opponents who are currently in the Premier Intermediate League.

Queen's have only played two league games so far, opening up with a 5-1 win at newly promoted Rathfriland Rangers and then drawing 2-2 at home to Moyola Park, a game they led 2-0 at one stage. They find themselves in fourth position along with two other clubs at this early stage. One player who should feature is Marc McKenna, a face familiar to Ards fans, he joined Ards having come back from Chesterfield in 2018 and has subsequently played for Knockbreda before joining the students in 2019. Also in the Queen's squad are the experienced duo of Mikey Withers and Stewart Nixon. Withers has played for the Welders and Portadown and recent signing Nixon, who has scored in both those League games so far, has been with a number of clubs including Coleraine and most recently Carrick Rangers.

While he will want to win this game to maintain momentum Matthew Tipton may juggle his squad with the important League fixture against Ballyclare Comrades coming up on Saturday. Having seen the team sheets and results from Tuesday's seven games it seems a lot of managers opted to shuffle the pack, the end result being that only three Premier clubs are left in the last eight!

I had thought Eamon Scannell might be rested as he already has four yellow cards this season but I realised that since the start of last season cup competitions and League games are treated separately for the purpose of yellow cards, so he isn't in danger of a suspension, [unless he gets a red card!] therefore he may feature. The big question is does the manager give game time to some of the players who haven't played much so far or does he stick with the same squad in the hope of building some consistency? Be there and find out!

Should the game finish all square at the end of normal time, there will be no extra time, the winner will be decided by a penalty shoot-out.

Season tickets are not valid for this game and admission is priced at £8 with concessions at £5.

Match Sponsor :- TBC.

Ball Sponsor :- Mr Ivor Edgar.

Match officials - Evan Boyce , Bogdan Sfirloaga , Shane Geary

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