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Danske Bank Premiership

Ards 3 Ballinamallard United 3



Michael Ruddy’s penalty secured a point for Ards, as he struck the sixth goal of an action packed second half at Bangor Fuels Arena.

All six goals came during a 20 minute spell after the break, with Ards coming from behind on three occasions as both sides put an end to their respective losing streaks.

A largely forgettable first half saw Ballinamallard shade the possession but it was in fact Ards who came the closest to finding the net when Kyle Cherry’s 39th minute cross from the right found Fra Brennan, but the defender’s header came back off the far upright.

The goal fest would begin four minutes after the restart when from a break out of the Ballinamallard half, Shane McGinty put Adam Lecky clear on the right and he advanced on goal before smashing the ball past Aaron Hogg.

The Mallards’ lead last all of three minutes with Craig McMillen levelling for Ards at the second attempt, after his initial shot from the edge of the area had been parried by keeper James McGrath.

Within a minute Ballinamallard were back in front however. Spotting his break up the right, McGinty released the ball for Ryan Mayse, who swept a cross into the feet of Lecky and he took a touch before turning his second strike of the night past Hogg. Back came Ards again though, McMillen this time turning provider with a 57th minute corner from the left that Emmet Friars headed in at the back post.

The visitors went ahead for a third time on 63 minutes with a goal Ards keeper Hogg won’t be keen to re-live. He failed to collect a high cross in from the left side and when the ball bounced back up off the turf there was Lecky showing his prowess again by bundling it over the line.

Just five minutes later Ards were level again - this time from the penalty spot. Cherry’s short pass into the feet of Joe McKinney saw him draw a challenge from Ross Taheny that would earn the Ards forward his second spot kick of the week. Just as he had done on Tuesday evening, Michael Ruddy thumped the ball home to level the match at three all.

Finally the relentless action receded and with no further goals to be found, both sides had to settle for point that ensured the gap between them remained at nine points.

2nd December 2016


18 Aaron Hogg, 2 Greg Hall, 25 Emmet Friars (capt.), 5 Johnny Taylor, 14 Fra Brennan, 7 Craig McMillen, 6 David McCullough, 20 Kyle Cherry, 10 Joe McKinney, 40 Jamie Douglas, 11 David McAllister


3 Michael Ruddy (for Brennan 65), 8 Ross Arthurs (for Cherry 80), 9 Gary Liggett (for Douglas 65), 16 Gareth Tommons, 21 Callum Byers


Ian McNabb




Match highlights (BBC Sport NI)

Michael Ruddy levelled the game, with his second penalty of the week
Picture: Gareth McCluskey
Simon McKee presents the man of the match award to Joe McKinney
Picture: Alex Cullen