Currie watches as Ards fight back for point in thriller
Ards 3 Ballinamallard United 3
Portadown-bound Niall Currie was forced to watch Ards from the terraces, as John Bailie took temporary charge of the Red and Blues. Currie remains the Ards manager for the time being, with the North Down club and Portadown haggling over compensation. The Shamrock Park side hope to complete a deal for the Portadown-based manager this weekend.
Currie and his assistant Jay Willis certainly witnessed a great spectacle, as Ards equalised three times to claim a 3-3 draw despite Adam Lecky scoring a hat-trick for Gavin Dykes' side.
Ballinamallard enjoyed the majority of the possession in the first half but Ards came closest to scoring, centre-back Francis Brennan hitting the post with a 39th-minute header.
If the first half was short on incident, the second was action packed.
The Mallards grabbed the lead in the 49th minute when Lecky burst past the Ards defence and rifled the ball high into Aaron Hogg's net.
Ards levelled in the 52nd minute through Craig McMillen, but Ballinamallard regained the lead 60 seconds later. Ards failed to deal with a cross, and Lecky was on hand to turn the ball into the net from 10 yards.
Incredibly, Ards equalised again in the 12th minute of the new half. An in-swinging McMillen corner was bundled home at the back post by the Emmet Friars.
Leckey completed his 14 minute hat-trick six minutes later. Ards keeper Hogg dropped a simple cross allowing the former Dergview man to poke home.
Ards equalised for a third time in the 68th minute. Ross Taheny tripped Joe McKinney inside the area, which allowed substitute Michael Ruddy to stroke home spot-kick.
Both teams had chances to win the game in the final 20 minutes, but the draw meant both teams lengthy run without a win continues.