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  • Writer's pictureStuart Dellow


PLAYR-FIT Teamwear Championship.

Dundela vs Ards.

Wilgar Park.

Saturday 2nd March at 3.00 p.m.


If Ards were hoping for a morale boost before what looks like being a crucial pre-split fixture against Dergview next week, they couldn't have asked for much tougher opposition than the current League leaders. Given that Dundela are two points clear at the top and have a game in hand over their closest rivals while Ards haven't had a win for 13 league games it would seem only one outcome is likely on Saturday. However in football nothing is certain and the fact that the last time Ards won they comprehensively beat Dundela 4-0 on November 23rd, which backed up an earlier 1-0 victory at Wilgar Park in September might give travelling fans some hope.

On Tuesday Ards put up a decent performance in losing narrowly 1-0 away to Newington, again failing to take chances and conceding a goal that could have been prevented was their downfall, but they played some good football and could have been a couple of goals to the good at half time. Performances have shown a recent improvement and while it's stating the blindingly obvious, they need to start taking their chances and tighten up at the back and results will also improve. Perhaps the knowledge that they are the only side to beat Dundela twice this season and also the only side to prevent them scoring will spur them on?

Dundela, in spite of not scoring against Ards so far, do have a potent attack, being second highest goalscorers in the division, Jordan Jenkins on loan from Glentoran has scored 15 in his 21 league games and 34 year old Andy Hall has chipped in with nine, but only five teams have conceded more and they are all in the bottom half of the table. The Duns surprisingly lost 4-0 to Annagh last time out and will surely be looking to get back on the winning trail having won their previous three games, scoring twelve goals in the process. Annagh did Ards a small favour on Tuesday night, beating Dergview 1-0 in spite of having a player sent off early on in the game. That result keeps Dergview four points behind Ards but still with two games in hand, as already stated next week's encounter between the sides is crucial!

Once again Ards fans will be familiar with many of the Dundela squad, Michael Kerr, Sam Dinu, Jay Magee and Jaimie McGovern all started against Annagh and Jake Corbett and William Faulkner came off the bench, all have featured for Ards in recent seasons. The Ards squad will be along the same lines as against Newington, hopefully a big crowd will make the short trip to East Belfast to support John Bailie and the team.


Match Officials :-

Referee :- Louise Thompson.

1st Assistant :- Jason Millar.

2nd Assistant :- Shane Corrigan.

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