After a convincing win over H&W Welders last time out, Ards were determined to clinch the top spot of the league, even if it’s just overnight. Manager John Bailie was forced to make changes with Calderwood, Dinu and Jallow replacing the injured trio of Young, Crane and Arthurs.
Queens started the game strongly with the first chance of the match when Ronan Young’s shot clipped the bar just two minutes in.
In the seventh minute Ards took the lead when Daniel Reynolds was put through on goal after some neat play in the middle of the park by Scannell and TJ Murray and he made no mistake, slotting home to make it 1-0.
13 minutes later a header from last Saturday’s MOTM Kym Nelson from a Eamon Scannell corner was then wide of the right hand post . Ards thought they’d doubled their lead on the half hour but TJ Murray’s header was ruled to be from an offside position. On closer inspection it looked to be harsh from the linesman after some great build up play and a superb ball in from Calderwood.
The away side pushed for an equaliser with Matthew McManus connecting with Adam Robinson’s long ball, with his header saves by Ards keeper Brian Neeson.
Ards could have made it 2-0 in some style when Reynold’s acrobatic overhead kick looked goal-bound but was deflected wide by Devine Eamon McAllister and James Ferrin then both had volleys denied in quick succession by Queens’ keeper Daniel Devine who not too long ago wore an Ards shirt.
In first half injury time a free-kick from Queens’ Ronan Young was wide with the half ending 1-0.
Daniel Reynolds overall performance earned him the Man of the Match award
As was the case in the the first half, the away side dominated the first five minutes with Ciaran O’Hare’s header being agonisingly wide for the few away fans.
In the sixty fifth minute Ards doubled their lead when Reynolds’ defence-splitting pass found Salou Jallow who calmly rounded the keeper to make it 2-0 to give Ards some breathing space
Not long after it was 3-0 after James Ferrin’s close-range header found the back of the net from Scannells corner and even though TJ Murray tried to claim it the replays are in favour of Ferrin.
Ards’ last chance of the game was in the eighty second minute when substitute Craig McMillen’s corner was palmed away by Devine.
The game finished 3-0 with Ards continuing their 100% record this season. Reynolds, who scored the first goal and looked dangerous throughout, received the Man Of The Match award.
Team : Neeson, Dinu, McGovern, Ferrin, Calderwood, E.McAllister, Nelson, T.J.Murray, Scannell, Reynolds, Jallow.
Subs used : McMillen, O'Neill, O'Kane, Magee and McRandles.
Subs not used : Leo Brown and Aaron Brown.
Yellow cards : Calderwood O'Kane & TJ Murray