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Loughgall 0 Ards 4

Two goals from trialist Joe McKinney helped us to a 4-0 win over Loughgall in Saturday’s pre-season friendly.

Niall Currie had again split his squad by sending a team to play PSNI as well as facing his former side at Lakeview Park. Despite the unavailability of a number of players, Ards had raced into a 3-0 half-time lead thanks to goals from Johnny Taylor, Craig McMillen and the first from McKinney.

The early stages of the match were bossed by the visitors and so it was no surprise that Ards took the lead on 17 minutes when Taylor rose to head in a corner from McMillen.

After several further missed chances the lead was doubled when Jack Upritchard raced up the line and squared the ball for McMillen, who smashed the cross home.

Minutes later it was 3-0 with the goal of the day. Trialist Guillaume Keke laid the ball off for McKinney who, some 30 yards from goal, fired a shot right into the top corner.

In the second half Ards had a chance to extend their lead to four when they were awarded a free kick, but Keke’s tame effort was easily saved.

Eventually Ards did notch the fourth though, when McKinney took charge of the play and danced by a couple of Loughgall defenders before scoring his second of the day.


Liam McAuley, Thomas Healy, Johnny Taylor, Emmett Friars, Kyle Buckley, Craig McMillen, Joe McKinney, Ben Browne, David McCullough, Jack Upritchard, Guillaume Keke


Matty Cunningham, Reece Atkinson

16th July 2016

Joe McKinney struck twice against Loughgall
Picture: Gareth McCluskey