Ards out to rock Linfield with knockout blow
Former Linfield star Justin McBride is keen to avoid a second does of the Blues for Ards tonight.
The last time Ards met Linfield David Jeffrey’s men coasted to a big victory, but Ards will be looking for better when the sides go haed to head tonight in the County Antrim Shield.
With the Northern Ireland international at Windsor tomorrow, the Shield game has been switched to Dixon Park in Ballyclare.
Ards assistant manager McBride, who played for Glentoran as well as the Blues, said: “It’s a big game for us against a quality side and if you can’t raise your game against a team like Linfield, then you should not be playing football.
“In my days under Roy Coyle and David Jeffrey, they wanted to win every match and there will be no favours out there.
“I just hope we do better than the last time we met in the Irish Cup a couple of years back when it was 5-0 at half-time. It was embarassing at times.
“We played Newry and Dungannon Swifts in pre-season friendlies and were not overawed losing 4-3 and 4-2. Linfield are a bit different but a lot will depend on their attitude after Saturday’s start to the season.
“We have a good squad and the determination to get at them and hopefully rattle them.”
Ards welcome back striker Darren Stirling for tonight though ex-Rangers player Paul McKnight will not be available due to work commitments while defender Darren Nixon misses out due to a shoulder injury.
Linfield boss David Jeffrey may opt to use his squad after Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Coleraine.
Elsewhere in the Shield tonight holders Cliftonville host PSNI, Ballymena United are at home to H&W Welders, Carrick Rangers face a trip to Crusaders and Donegal Celtic are at home to Ballyclare. All kick off at 7.45pm.