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Danske Bank Premiership

Ards 3 Dungannon Swifts 3


We came from behind three times to claim a point at home to Dungannon with another injury time goal from Carl McComb securing the draw.

A far from inspiring first half looked destined to end scoreless, only for former Ards striker Andrew Mitchell to break the deadlock when he got on the end of a Peter McMahon cross on 38 minutes. Four minutes into the new half and an improved Ards were level as Michael Ruddy converted his third penalty of the season after ref Arnold Hunter blew for a foul on Johnny Taylor.

Dungannon were quick to take control again though and they were back in front on 55 minutes when Cormac Burke headed in a rebound after Seanin Clucas had somehow put his initial effort against the crossbar.

Ards’ second equaliser of the game arrived on 73 minutes when a long ball out of our own half picked out David McAllister on the edge of the Dungannon box and he turned his man before threading the ball just inside Andy Coleman’s near post for a goal that the keeper won’t be keen on watching again in a hurry.

With the match at 2-2 Ards’ tails were up the threat only grew from Niall Currie’s men, but hopes of a point looked to be dashed when the Swifts netted a third goal goal with three minutes left. A forward header from Mitchell beat the whole Ards defence to send Burke clear and he looked very calm under pressure as he tucked the ball underneath Aaron Hogg.

But there was yet another goal in the game as Ards drew level once more a minute into added time. Joe McKinney’s flick over the visitors’ defence played in substitute Gary Liggett and though he was denied by Coleman, the keeper only succeeded in deflecting the ball into the path of Carl McComb who ran in to guide the ball into the empty net from just couple of yards.

22nd October 2016


18 Aaron Hogg (GK), 38 Fra Brennan, 25 Emmet Friars (capt.), 5 Johnny Taylor, 3 Michael Ruddy, 7 Craig McMillen, 6 David McCullough, 10 Joe McKinney, 11 David McAllister, 8 Ross Arthurs, 19 Guillaume Keke


4 Stuart McMullan, 9 Gary Liggett (for Arthurs 70), 16 Gareth Tommons (for McMillen 77), 17 Carl McComb (for Keke 66)


Arnold Hunter


Ruddy (49 pen), McAllister (73), McComb (90+1)





Match highlights (BBC Sport NI)

Carl McComb’s late goal was his sixth of the season so far
Picture: Gareth McCluskey
John Gordon, Stephen Lennon and Jeff Lloyd of the Universal Bootleggers present David McCullough with the man of
the match award
Picture: Andrew McCullough