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  • Writer's pictureMichael Barritt


Lough 41 Championship.

Ards vs Queen's University.

Clandeboye Park.

Saturday October 16th at 3.00 p.m.

High flying Ards take on bottom of the table Queens on Saturday aiming to maintain their two point lead at the top of the table, a lead that came courtesy of a stirring second half performance and a last minute winner against Knockbreda last Saturday. Queens have just four points from their first eleven league fixtures this season, their solitary win coming against Dundela in their second game.

At first sight this should be a banker home win, Ards have a 100% record at home this season, have already beaten Saturday's opposition 3-0 earlier in the campaign, thanks to goals from Daniel Reynolds, Salou Jallow and James Ferrin, while the visitors have only one point to show from their last nine games. Add to that the fact that Queens have only scored five goals in their eleven games so far and have conceded 25 and Ards fans should be feeling very positive.

However to quote The Saint and Greavsie, football can be a funny old game and by all accounts Queens have improved of late, for example earning a 0-0 draw at Loughgall just two weeks ago, their first clean sheet of the season, so John Bailie's men can take nothing for granted. Ex Ards players in the opposition squad are goalkeeper Daniel Devine and midfielder Marc McKenna who may want to show Ards fans what they are missing.

Ards fans will be on a high after the performance last week and will be looking for a repeat of the fast paced attacking display that clinched the win against Knockbreda. Jamie McGovern will miss out as he is suspended after his first half dismissal last week and Christopher Crane completes his five game suspension, but Kym Nelson may be fit enough to be added to last week's squad.

Match Sponsor : J & J Motors, Portaferry Road, Newtownards.

Ball Sponsor : Ivor Edgar.

Match Officials :

Referee : Peter McGrath.

1st Assistant : Shane Geary.

2nd Assistant : Rachel Greer.

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