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Danske Bank Premiership

Ards 3 Carrick Rangers 1


After going behind early on, second half goals from Emmet Friars and Carl McComb saw us take all three points at home to Carrick.

A converted penalty from each side had the game tied up at 1-1 at the break but following the interval goals from Friars and substitute McComb got the better of Carrick to record Ards’ first win in three league games.

Just six minutes had been played when Carrick were awarded the game’s first spot kick as Friars was penalised for going into the back of Mark Surgenor and Martin Murray had the beating of keeper Aaron Hogg.

The Ards spot kick was awarded on 34 minutes after Joe McKinney’s run into the box was brought to a screeching halt by Thomas Murray. As he had done on the opening day of the season, full back Michael Ruddy again took the responsibility, firing high into the Carrick net.

Late in the half, Ards came close to taking the lead with a couple of decent efforts but neither David McAllister nor Guillaume Keke could make their chances count.

The second half wasn’t long started though when Ards did go in front. A 48th minute save from Brian Neeson to deny McKinney resulted in an Ards corner which Craig McMillen put onto the head of Friars, who didn’t miss from close range.

Not everything was turning in Ards’ direction however as we were reduced to ten men with 53 minutes gone. Having picked up a first half caution for what the referee felt was simulation, Gareth Tommon’s day came to an early end when was shown a second yellow card for a trip on McNally.

The dismissal proved not to be too much of a setback however as we extended our lead with 78 minutes played. McMillen had carried the ball forward from midfield before laying it off to Carl McComb on the edge of the area and he carried the ball past two visiting defenders to open up a sliver of space and curl a low shot just inside Neeson’s left hand post.

1st October 2016


18 Aaron Hogg, 2 Greg Hall, 25 Emmet Friars (capt.), 4 Stuart McMullan, 3 Michael Ruddy, 6 David McCullough, 16 Gareth Tommons, 7 Craig McMillen, 10 Joe McKinney, 11 David McAllister, 19 Guillaume Keke


8 Ross Arthurs (for McCullough 58), 12 Jordan Hughes, 17 Carl McComb (for Keke 65), 22 Jamie Rea, 40 Jamie Douglas (for McAllister 65)


Steven Taylor


Tommons (34, 54), Arthurs (82), McMullan (90)


Tommons (54)



Match highlights (BBC Sport NI)

Presenting the man of the match award to Aaron Hogg on behalf of sponsors Romas are Jim Murray, Raymond Orr,
Angus Johnson and Davy Boyd
Picture: Sarah Atcheson
Emmet Friars headed Ards into the lead early in the second half
Picture: Gareth McCluskey