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Ards boss Currie has belief in loan star Mitchell

By Keith Bailie

Ards will face Glenavon tonight without teenage striker Andrew Mitchell.

The 19-year-old hitman is forced to sit out the Clandeboye Park clash as he is on loan from the Lurgan Blues.

His absence is a blow for Ards as he scored and played a pivotal role in last week's 3-1 win over Portadown.

"It's unfortunate that we don't have Andrew, because he has played well and scored a couple of good goals," said Ards manager Niall Currie.

"I know he's taken a wee bit of stick from fans, but he's only 19. He's a young, raw talent with bags of ability – as a forward he ticks every box.

"Against Crusaders, he rolled Paul Leeman and set up a lovely chance. Against Portadown, he turned their centre-half and produced a fantastic finish.

"With teenage players you're going to get some ups and downs, but Andrew is a player I believe in.

"He will develop with us and return to Mourneview Park an improved player. He's a real talent and we will miss him against Glenavon."

Ards have lost nine of their opening 11 fixtures, but against Portadown they turned on the style, brushing Ronnie McFall's men aside in a comprehensive 3-1 win. Currie believes the secret to last Saturday's success was that his players enjoyed the game.

"Against Portadown, we took the pressure off the players. We told them to go out and play and enjoy themselves and I think that was reflected in the performance," he said.

"We always ask our players to show some desire and endeavour, because that's what our fans expect, but we showed against Portadown that we also have quality.

"If you can beat Portadown 3-1 you're not a bad side. Hopefully that win will give us the confidence to go on and win more games."

If Ards can claim a point tonight they will climb off the bottom for at least day, while a win for Glenavon will take them second, just a point behind leaders Linfield.

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