Pre-Match Guide | Ards 19/11/22

We travel to Clandeboye Park tomorrow evening to take on Ards in our next Lough 41 Championship fixture.

Match Info

When: Saturday 19th November – Kick-Off 6:30pm

Where: Clandeboye Park

What: Lough 41 Championship

Entry: Pay at the gate

The Opponents

Last week, Ards produced a storming second half performance to defeat HW Welders at the Blanchflower Stadium. The Welders had gone in front early on when Callum Byers met a corner from the left to direct the ball past Alex Moore. They held that lead until six minutes into the second half when Eamon Scannell beat Samuel Johnston from distance at his near post. Michael McLellan restored the Welders advantage just before the hour with a driven finish from six yards out but two goals in three minutes from Adam Salley and Ross Hunter tipped the balance in favour of the visitors. Scannell then made it 4-2 with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining with a near post header before bagging his hat-trick on the counter attack not long after that.

The Comrades

Ten-man Ballinamallard United battled back to earn a draw from Ballyclare Comrades’ visit to Ferney Park. The Comrades moved in front after eight minutes when, following a good team move also involving Calvin McCurry and Liam Hassin, Gary Donnelly curled an effort from 20 yards into the net past keeper Michael Lynch. The Mallards went a man down a few minutes from the end of the first half when Shane McGinty was sent-off following an altercation with Donnelly. But Harry McConkey’s side recovered to level just before the hour after John Edgar got on the end of a good cross to beat Declan Breen with a bullet header.

Last Time Out

The last time these two sides met in August, Ards claimed all three points with a 2-1 victory at Clandeboye Park. Matthew Tipton’s side needed just over sixty seconds to move in front when Ross Hunter pounced on a mistake at the back to open the scoring. It was a lead they held until eight minutes into the second half after Calvin McCurry latched onto a Kyle Beggs pass to lob keeper Alex Moore. However, Eamon Scannell bagged what proved to be the winner with six minutes remaining with a header following a counter attack down the right.