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Niall Currie sees red at Ards' lack of discipline in Coleraine loss

Ards 1-2 Coleraine

Niall Currie believes Ards' Premiership progress has been hindered by their lack of discipline.

On Saturday, Ards lost 2-1 to Coleraine when Jamie McGonigle scored a stoppage time winner. With the score poised at 1-1, Ards captain Emmet Friars collected his second yellow card of the day.

Currie fumed: "We can't keep getting players sent off and expect to pick up points.

"In July if you had told me that we would get 16 points from our first 11 games I would have been delighted.

"But we could have achieved more if it was for some of the silly red cards and suspensions we have picked up.

"I don't want to single Emmet out, but we were comfortable at 1-1. His red card put us under a lot of pressure.

"We keep going to the well, but sometimes you will find the well is empty. We had already lost two midfielders to injury, so to pick up a red card in the second half really hurt us."

Ards equalised four minutes later when Craig McMillen's corner-kick picked out Joe McKinney at the back-post. Ards were reduced to 10 men in the 75th minute when Emmet Friars picked up a second yellow.

The Bannsiders found a winner in the first minute of stoppage time when sub Jamie McGonigle burst down the left-flank, before cutting into the box and curling a low effort into the far corner of Hogg's net.

Ards: Hogg; Byers, Friars, McMullan, Ruddy; McCullough (Arthurs 12), Cherry (Keke HT); McMillen, McKinney, McAllister; McComb (Hughes 65)

Subs Not Used: Rea

Coleraine: Johns: Mullan, Douglas, McConaghie, Douglas; Kee, McCafferty, McCauley; Parkhill (McGonigle 79), Brown; Allen (McLaughlin 57)

Subs Not Used: Higgins, Morrow, Ogilby

REFEREE: Stephen Gregg

Match Rating 7/10

Man of the Match: Darren McCauley

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