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Bangor 0 Ards 1


An 84th minute goal from Carl McComb gave us a 1-0 win over Bangor in the latest pre-season game.


At a rain-lashed Bangor Fuels Arena, the healthy crowd had to wait until almost the very end for the deadlock to be broken when a stray pass from a Bangor player gifted the ball to McComb and he had the beating of Darren Gibbons.


Ards enjoyed most of the early possession but didn’t come close to a score until the 25th minute when full back Michael Ruddy crashed a shot off the face of the crossbar. Ten minutes later and David McAllister had the ball in the Bangor net with a thumping finish but he was flagged for offside.


At the other end, Bangor’s Fearon robbed Ross Arthurs of the ball and strode into the Ards box but his low shot had the beating of the far post rather than Aaron Hogg.


Early in the second half, Ards trialist Aaron Duke unleashed a fierce shot from 30 yards that Gibbons did well to parry away. On 63 minutes another trialist Seamus McDonnell latched onto a through pass and did well to hold the ball up before feeding McComb, who saw his shot turned away by Gibbons.


Bangor’s threat grew considerably as the game drew on and Hogg had to be at his best to turn a shot away from Craig, who had found himself in acres of space. In the 80th minute Hogg was called on again as a Bangor corner produced a bullet header from Widdowson but the Ards keeper made a great stop.


Finally came the goal, when all hope seemed to have gone. In the end it required a mistake from a Bangor defender, whose ill advised ball across his own back line let in McComb, and he buried the ball, low by the goalkeeper.


Team

18 Aaron Hogg, 2 Greg Hall, 18 Emmett Friars, 15 Fra Brennan, 3 Michael Ruddy, 16 Joe McKinney, 12 Ross Arthurs, 6 Kyle Cherry, 11 David McAllister, 10 Aaron Duke, 9 Gary Liggett


Substitutes

4 Johnny Taylor (for Hall), 5 Gerard McMullan (for McAllister), 14 Craig McMillen (for McKinney), 8 Carl McComb (for Liggett), 7 Seamus McDonnell (for Duke), 9 Callum Byers (for Brennan), 10 Jamie Rea (for Ruddy), 15 Gareth Tommons (for Cherry)


26th July 2016

Carl McComb’s late goal was the winner
Picture: Gareth McCluskey