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Danske Bank Premiership
Ards 3 Ballinamallard United 3
MATCH SPONSOR: ARDS FC SPORTS CLUB
BALL SPONSOR: NORTH DOWN FOREIGN EXCHANGE
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
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
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