• Jana McCabe


Updated: Aug 22, 2021

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