Lough 41 Championship.
Warrenpoint Town vs Ards.
Saturday 3rd September @3.00 p.m.
This weekend Ards will be attempting to do what they haven't done before and that is bring three points back from Milltown, a place which has not been a happy hunting ground for the Red and Blues in previous visits. While Warrenpoint were relegated from the Premiership last season and have not made the start to this season they would have hoped for, they should not be taken lightly. Having started their campaign with successive 3-0 defeats at the hands of front runners Loughgall and Dundela, they have picked up four points from their last two games with a draw against the Welders at the Blanchflower Stadium and a 3-0 win at bottom club Dergview last weekend.
Point's manager Barry Gray will be looking to maintain that recent improvement in results, while being mindful that those results, although away from home, came against the two teams currently propping up the table. He will no doubt be hoping that the more experienced squad members such as ex Larne goalkeeper Connor Mitchell, midfielder Fra McCaffrey and striker Alan O'Sullivan who has over 100 games for the Point can lead his team into a promotion challenge.
Matthew Tipton will be delighted at the recent loan signing of Adam Salley from Portadown, as will all Ards fans. Salley is a striker with a proven record, especially at Championship level where he scored at a rate of one every two games for a couple of seasons. While he will be in the squad this weekend it might be too soon for his full debut but fans are hoping that he could be the regular scorer every side is looking for and will be eager to see him in action as soon as possible. Paddy Cafolla is still on the injured list but the side will be lifted by the win against previously unbeaten Ballyclare Comrades in their last game under the Friday night lights at Clandeboye Park. It was good to see Conal Young return from injury in that game and if Ethan Taggart has recovered it will give the manager some options in midfield even without the influential Cafolla.
The PASC will be running a bus to the game leaving at 1.15 pm
Match Officials :
Referee : Ryan Hanna.
1st Assistant : Shane Corrigan.
2nd Assistant : Roy Beacom.