Match Report: Ards 1 - Ballymena 2
Saturday 18th August 2018
Danske Bank Premiership
By Jana McCabe
After two tough opening games, Ards faced Ballymena at the Bangor Fuels Arena where they looked to pick up their first points of the 2018/19 season. Sean Noble’s injury last weekend meant he wasn’t in the starting line up and won’t be for the foreseeable future. Josh Kelly returned to the squad after his one game suspension, whilst familiar faces Reece Glendinning and Matthew Shevlin returned to Clandeboye again.
In the third minute Ards applied some early pressure with David McAllister looking dangerous and forcing a corner. Kyle Cherry took the corner but the chance was cleared.
In the thirteenth minute Ards had another promising chance when Mark Kelly’s close range shot was saved at the left post. In the twenty second minute Callum Byers made a crucial clearance to deny Ryan Mayse’s looping shot.
In the twenty fifth minute Ards captain Gareth Tommons’ header was wide as he tried to add to his goal tally after his two goals during the opening game of the season at Seaview.
In the twenty seventh minute Ards scored the opening goal with David McAllister’s pass to Josh Kelly hitting off Jonny Frazer. Josh Kelly’s shot then deflected off Mark Kelly and passed the Sky Blue stopper Glendinning to make it 1-0.