Ards hoped to close the eight point gap between them and leaders Portadown with a win in their first game of the month against Queens at the DUB.
It didn’t take long for Ards to open the scoring as in the 4TH minute it was 0-1 with Dylan Wilson’s low strike finding the bottom corner.
Hughes' header made Brian Neeson produce a lovely save as Queens looked for a quick equaliser. The quarter hour mark proved to be a hectic one with Ben Cushnie’s volley arguably hitting the arm of a Queens defender followed up by Michael McLellan having two chances denied.
Neeson pulled off another fine save when familiar face Jonah Mitchell tried his luck from distance, however his goal bound strike was denied by the Ards stopper.
Mitchell was in action again and got his reward when his forward run was unchallenged by Ards and his powerful shot found the top corner to level the game. 1-1after 20 minutes
10 minutes later Ards had a goal disallowed to the confusion and anger of the travelling Red and Blue Army. Shortly afterwards a skilful freekick from Wilson was followed up by a header from striker McLelllan but his effort was denied by Queens keeper Lallly who pulled off a great save to prevent Ards regaining the advantage.
However the first half scoring wasn’t done yet with Queens grabbing the lead with the last chance of the half when their captain Matthew Hughes strong header from a Mitchell corner found the back of the net. The half ended 2-1 in favour of the home side.
At the start of the second half substitute Kyle Calderwood’s corner caused a scramble in the box, however the eventual effort was saved by Lally.
Queens were then awarded a penalty when Adam Calvert was brought down in the box by Kym Nelson. Mitchell stepped up and scored to make it 3-1.
Hughes was again involved when his freekick was saved by Neeson as the home sides confidence grew. Ards last real chance of the game came in the seventieth minute when McLellan’s strike was denied by the bar. However the game ended 3-1, a scoreline that didn't flatter the home side who were much the better side apart from the opening few minutes when Ards looked like they were up for the three points.
Another frustrating defeat for Ards who fall even further behind the top three. Next up is Ballinmallard at the Bangor Fuels Arena.
Ards:Neeson, McMillen, McGovern, Taylor, Murray, Nelson, McLellan, D. McAllister, Wilson, Harris, Cushnie
Used subs: Armstrong, McMillen and Calderwood.
Unused subs: E. McAllister and McConnell.
Yellow cards: McLellan, McMillen and Nelson.