Lough 41 Championship.
Queen's University vs Ards.
Saturday 29th January at 2.00 p.m
Can Ards get three points on Saturday that will keep them in the top half of the table is a question nobody would have thought needed to be asked when looking at the table in mid October when Ards last faced Queen's and won 2-0. Since then Ards have won just two out of twelve league games and now find themselves in sixth place on 37 points, only goal difference keeping them ahead of Dergview who are in seventh place, so a win is essential this weekend.
Queen's will be no pushover, although currently they sit at the bottom of the table, they have won their last three games, two in the league, against Knockbreda and the Welders and one in the Irish Cup, they will have hopes of overhauling Institute and maybe Dundela or Knockbreda, in order to remove the possibility of relegation. The teams have met twice this season, both at Clandeboye Park and Ards have come out on top both times, scoring five times without reply. That is perhaps the student's weakness, they have only scored 18 League goals this season, the lowest total in the Championship, while Ards, in spite of perceived weaknesses in defence have the third lowest total of goals conceded, bettered only by Newry City and Loughgall.
Team news is that while TJ Murray remains out injured, Eamon Scannell, who incidentally scored both goals in that win over Queen's back in October, returns to the squad. New signing Jack Lemoignan had a good debut in goal last week, making some decent saves and only conceding to a wicked deflection. Fellow newcomer Benny Igiehon gave a more physical presence up front but was unable to make it a scoring debut, being thwarted by a good save from the Annagh keeper which prevented a late equaliser. Both are likely to keep their places in the starting line up.
Please note that as there are no floodlights at The Dub, this game kicks off at 2.00 p.m, consequently the PASC bus will leave the Sports Club/Gibson's Lane area at 1.00 p.m
Match Officials -
Referee - Neil Robinson.
1st Assistant - Brian Wilson.
2nd Assistant - Gary Ewing.