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Danske Bank Premiership
Ards 2 Cliftonville 2
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We started the season with a point after twice coming from behind to earn a 2-2 draw
A healthly crowd in Bangor Fuels Arena saw our return to the Premiership and saw
Ards give a good account of themselves in the first half against the team that beaten
us 3-0 in last season’s League Cup final. The day’s earliest chance came from Cliftonville
though when on seven minutes a low drive from the left from Jay Donnelly forced Aaron
Hogg into a save.
Four minutes later and a similar chance at the other end saw Michael Ruddy demand
a stop from ex-Ards keeper Jason Mooney. Cliftonville responded with an opening from
Chris Curran, but he put his shot wide of goal.
The day’s opening goal arrived on 28 minutes. Some good, close play on the left of
the Ards area had Jay Donnelly feed the ball to full back Levi Ives and took two
touches before finishing low past Hogg.
With eight debutantes in his new look side, boss Niall Currie would have been keen
to see the first half out on level terms and he got that wish when Ards were awarded
a penalty with ten minutes remaining. As Craig McMillen attempted to put the ball
in from the left it struck the arm of Caoimhin Bonner and ref Keith Kennedy duly
gave the spot kick. The coolest man on the pitch proved to be Michael Ruddy who chipped
the ball well out of Mooney’s reach.
The strong finish to the first half sadly was mirrored as the second period got underway
and we found ourselves behind again within a minute. A corner on the right from Martin
Donnelly found Jay Donnelly and after his first effort was blocked, he responded
with a lobbed effort that flew over the keeper’s head.
Cliftonville began to show some presence after that and for a time Ards were on the
back foot. On 59 minutes Jay Donnelly was at it again, with abother goal bound lob
that Hogg this time tipped over the bar.
Ards did come back though and we had our second equaliser of the day on 72 minutes
and what a goal it was. Joe McKinney had the ball at his feet out on the right and
he took on the Cliftonville defence, going past one defender before blasting the
ball over Mooney.
That would be the last real action of the game as Cliftonville could find no way
to another goal, leaving Ards probably the happier of the two sides.
6th August 2016
18 Aaron Hogg, 14 Fra Brennan, 25 Emmet Friars (capt.), 5 Johnny Taylor, 3 Michael
Ruddy, 7 Craig McMillen, 20 Kyle Cherry, 6 David McCullough, 10 Joe McKinney, 11
David McAllister, 19 Guillaume Keke
2 Greg Hall, 4 Stuart McMullan, 8 Ross Arthurs (for McCullough 58), 12 Jordan Hughes
(for McAllister 82), 22 Jamie Rea
Brennan (39), McMillen (52), Friars (56)
Ivor Edgar presents the man of the match award to Joe McKinney, on behalf of match sponsors OCS Picture: Andrew McCullough