• Jana McCabe


Ards looked to continue their 100% run against The Welders who have only won once this season, after a late penalty denied them points on Tuesday night. The home side were forced to make changes as Cafolla was suspended and McGrandles unavailable, they were replaced by T.J.Murray and Daniel Reynolds.

Ards grabbed control straight from the kick off with the Welders struggling to make any impact in their opponents half and in the 13th minute the home side opened the scoring when an accurate one two between Eamon McAllister and Kym Nelson gave Ards a good opportunity with Nelson keeping composed under the pressure of the Welders defence and finding the bottom left hand corner to put Ards one up.

Minutes later it could have been 1-1 with the ball striking Neeson's far post after a cross to the back post found the away sides Dornan. Then, McAllister pressured a mistake from Welders keeper Ben McCauley but his resulting chip shot was saved as the keeper redeemed himself.

At the half hour mark a fine strike from 35 yards by goalscorer Nelson could have doubled Ards lead in style but it went narrowly wide.

The half ended 1-0, with the home side coping well with the disruption caused by injuries to Crane and Arthurs who were replaced by Dinu and McMillen.