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Danny McKee still has work to do: Bailie

Ards 2 - Bangor 1

By Keith Bailie

Published 28/12/2015

Ards assistant manager John Bailie believes Danny McKee must continue to work hard if he is to succeed at Glentoran. Loanee McKee grabbed an injury-time winner as the Red & Blues overcame Bangor in Saturday's North Down derby but has been recalled by Glens boss Alan Kernaghan for the rest of the campaign.

Bailie, who captained both Ards and Bangor in his own playing days, said: "I'm delighted for Danny. He's enjoyed a fantastic run of form this month. His goals have helped Ards into the League Cup final and won crucial league games against Harland & Wolff Welders and Bangor.

"It's great for him, because he's got a lot of criticism from the terraces at Ards and at times I've also been one of his biggest critics. I believe the kid still has a lot to learn and that he can still improve his game. He will have to work hard when he returns to The Oval.

"He will look back on this loan spell as an important part of his career. I hope that things go well for him at Glentoran and he can have an impact there."

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Another Oval loanee, Gerard McMullan, put the Seasiders in front with a 64th minute strike before Ards captain James Cully equalised from the penalty spot.

Ards grabbed the winner in injury time when David McAllister's cross was fumbled by goalkeeper Chris Johns, allowing McKee to poke home.

Like McKee, young winger McMullan has also impressed during his loan spell in the Championship. He said afterwards: "I've never played in front of such a big crowd before so it was great to get a goal, it was just unfortunate about the result.

"Before the match, I watched the highlights of last year's Christmas derby and Ards scored the winner in injury time in that game. It's hard to believe it's happened two years in a row. All we can do is keep working hard and bounce back."

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