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Danske Bank Premiership

Ards 2-0 Glentoran


Goals from Johnny Taylor and substitute Ross Arthurs inflicted defeat on Glentoran to lift us back up to second in the Danske Bank Premiership.

Taylor headed home early against his former club, who had a torrid first half, and though they rallied for a time after the break, Arthurs’ 66th minute goal put to bed any hopes the Glens had of a comeback.

With just one change in personnel from the side that lost so late to Crusaders the week before Ards dominated the first half, setting their intentions out as early as the third minute when Guillaume Keke placed a curling shot just wide of the Glentoran goal.

Ards fans needed to wait only until the 7th minute for the opener however. A corner kick from the left, swung in by Kyle Cherry, found the head of Taylor with the central defender powering in a header from inside the six yard box.

Ards weren’t far away from doubling the lead with 24 minutes gone when good work from Craig McMillen on the left allowed him to cross and Carl McComb raced in to head just past goal.

Following a dismal first half display, Glentoran simply had to improve after the break, and for a time they did. The opening quarter of an hour was played almost completely in the Ards half as Glentoran finally stepped up their game. On 53 minutes Nacho Novo ran onto a through ball on the right of play, but Aaron Hogg was out quickly to close the angle, making a great save before Michael Ruddy prevented a follow up with a finely timed tackle on Aaron Harmon.

Ards were being severely penned back and they had little sight of the ball during that spell, but the defence was resolute and the visitors were shut out time and again.

With 65 minutes gone Ards introduced Ross Arthurs for Keke and his entrance would change the game. Less than a minute after coming on, Arthurs was the man in the right spot to capitalise and make it 2-0 after Joe McKinney’s initial effort had been saved by Morris.

A smashing third goal so nearly followed. With 20 minutes remaining, the impressive Cherry took the ball into his feet from McCullough, advancing on his marker and striking a great effort that Morris was at full stretch to keep out. With no further response, Ards’ job was done and at the end of an award winning week for Niall Currie, the boss had one more thing to smile about.

10th September 2016


18 Aaron Hogg (GK), 2 Greg Hall, 25 Emmet Friars (capt.), 5 Johnny Taylor, 3 Michael Ruddy, 6 David McCullough, 20 Kyle Cherry, 7 Craig McMillen, 10 Joe McKinney, 17 Carl McComb, 19 Guillaume Keke


1 Liam McAuley (GK), 4 Stuart McMullan, 8 Ross Arthurs (for Keke 65), 12 Jordan Hughes, 22 Jamie Rea (for McMillen 71)


Andrew Davey


Cherry (86)




Match highlights (BBC Sport NI)

Ross Arthurs fired in our second goal
Picture: Gareth McCluskey
James Brown and Alan McCune, representing Hugh Brown & Sons, present the man of the match award to
Johnny Taylor
Picture: Andrew McCullough