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Ards' patience pays dividends as gutsy Newry City come up short


David McAllister scored for Ards

David McAllister scored for Ards

David McAllister scored for Ards

Last season's beaten finalists Ards reached the last 16 of the League Cup, despite getting a scare from Premier Intermediate League side Newry City.

Ards won 3-1 thanks to a brace from Carl McComb and a David McAllister strike, but in many ways, this was more about the visitors.

Newry were reformed in January 2014, after the previous company were declared bankrupt, and dropped out of football. The Showgrounds club have battled through the Mid-Ulster Football League to re-join the Northern Ireland Football League, and ply their trade in the third tier.

There was plenty of that fighting spirit on display at the Bangor Fuels Arena, particularly in the first half, with the score 0-0.

But then Ards were awarded a penalty when McComb was clipped inside the area. The striker stepped up to net the spot-kick in the 64th minute.

Newry got a penalty of their own in the 70th minute when Greg Hall fouled Mark Hughes. James Walker stroked home.

Ards retook the lead in the 83rd minute after a wonderful passing move involving Ross Arthurs and Kyle Cherry, which was finished by McAllister.

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Ards added a third when McComb netted late on.

ARDS: McAuley; Hall, McMullan, Byers, Rea; McComb, Tommons, Arthurs, Hughes (Cherry 62); Keke (McCullough 80), Douglas (McAllister 49) Not Used: Hogg, Foster,

NEWRY CITY: Murray; McArdle (Carvill 61), Mullen, Curran, McCaul; Walker, Patton, McMahon, M. McCabe; Johnston (Rushe 78), Hughes. Not Used: Smith, S. McCabe, Durnin. Ref: Steven Taylor (Belfast).

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