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Ards 2 - 3 Dungannon Swifts: Currie urges Ards to tighten up in defence

By Keith Bailie

Niall Currie has warned his players that they must cut out the defensive errors if they are to improve their standing in the league.

Ards lost 3-2 on Saturday to Dungannon Swifts at Clandeboye Park with Darren Boyce hitting a first-half brace.

While Currie's side pulled one back through Neil Dougan and bagged a late consolation thanks to Mark McClelland, a penalty from Hatt Hazley – later dismissed for a second bookable offence – ultimately secured the Swifts' points after Stephen McCullough's foul on Stefan Lavery.

"You can't legislate for things like that," said Currie. "The guy was going nowhere, he was running towards the corner flag, yet our defender slide tackles him inside the area for nothing.

"But Stephen's a young player with a lot of talent and he will learn from this experience. Sometimes with young players, they make poor decisions because they lack that top level experience. We're not going to hang him out to dry.

"You can't give a striker like Darren Boyce that much space inside the penalty area and expect to get away with it. When you continue to concede the goals we are conceding you're going to struggle to win games."

Opposite number Darren Murphy said: "Any win away from home in this league is a great result because there is so little between the teams. I don't think you can say we were hanging on at the end, because you expect a fight back from the home side when they're 2-0 down at half time. It's a fantastic win for us."

ARDS: McKibbin, Gordon (P McDowell, 85 mins), Hunter, Spence, McCullough, Dougan, Henderson, Faulkner, Davidson (Roy, 78 mins), Mitchell, McClelland. Unused subs: Smith, D.Cully, McMillan

DUNGANNON: Morgan, Lowe, McMinn, McCafferty, Grieve, McCullough, Topley, Hutchinson, Hazley, Douglas (S Lavery, 54 mins), Boyce (C Lavery, 86 mins). Unused subs: Brennan, Harpur, Glackin

Referee: Tim Marshall (Enniskillen)

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