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Danske Bank Premiership

Ards 1 Coleraine 2


Hearts were broken as the very end as a Jamie McGonigle goal in injury time gave the visitors all three points at Bangor Fuels Arena.

The Coleraine substitute took advantage of some generous defending to strike his team’s winner a minute into added time just as it looked as though Ards had done enough to earn a share of the points.

The first half had ended goalless, which was just about right in light of the dismal fare that had been served up. That might not have been the case though, had Joe McKinney’s second minute strike for Ards not be brilliantly stopped by keeper Chris Johns as it flew towards the top corner.

A pre-match injury suffered by Jamie Douglas meant that Ards had to begin with a subs bench of just four and our game plan received another set-back when David McCullough had to be taken off with a head injury after just 12 minutes.

Coleraine’s best effort of the half came on 24 minutes when Ian Parkhill found himself some space on the right of the Ards area to hit s low shot that Aaron Hogg stopped with his feet. Parkhill was quick to the follow up as well but this time skipper Emmet Friars put his body in the way to deflect the ball out for a corner.

As the second got underway a foray up the left side from Ards full back Michael Ruddy saw his cut into the box and go past two defenders before hitting a low shot that Johns kept out at his near post. On the hour it was Coleraine coming close when a shot from Darren McCauley drew a save from Hogg, low down at his upright.

The day’s opening goal came just six minutes later from the boot of McCauley and what a strike it was. A one-two in the centre of the field put Parkhill away on the right side and he skipped over the challenge of Friars to send a cross into the middle that McCauley met first time with a thumping volley that gave Hogg no chance.

The visitors’ lead last just three minutes. A corner won by Ards was swung into the box by McMillen from the right, finding McKinney deep in the area and his looping header just crept over the line despite the efforts of Neil McCaffrey, whose header out was deemed to have been from behind the line by the assistant referee.

On 75 minutes Coleraine’s Rodney Brown darted into the Ards area to draw a save from Aaron Hogg and as the ball rebounded into the area James McLaughlin’s volley looked set for the top corner but for some acrobatic defending from Ruddy to head it clear.

Coleraine were beginning to press hard and a crack was formed in the Ards resistance on 76 minutes when Friars arrived late into a challenge on Brad Lyons to pick up his second yellow card in a quarter of an hour and leave his team down to ten men.

From there it was looking very much like the points would be shared until the Bannsiders popped up with a winner in overtime. A pass out from the Coleraine half sent McGonigle striding up the left wing, and he penetrated the Ards box before checking inside and picking out a spot in the far bottom corner.

8th October 2016


18 Aaron Hogg (GK), 21 Callum Byers, 25 Emmet Friars (capt.), 4 Stuart McMullan, 3 Michael Ruddy, 6 David McCullough, 20 Kyle Cherry, 7 Craig McMillen, 10 Joe McKinney, 11 David McAllister, 17 Carl McComb


8 Ross Arthurs (for McCullough 12), 12 Jordan Hughes (for McComb 67), 19 Guillaume Keke (for Cherry h/t), 22 Jamie Rea


Steven Gregg


McKinney (69)


Friars (61, 72)

Friars (72)




Match highlights (BBC Sport NI)

Match sponsor Perry Donaldson presents Stuart McMullan with his man of the match award
Picture: Andrew McCullough