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Ards appoint Bailie as new manager after loss to Ports

 

Ards have handed former player John Bailie the managerial reins in succession to Warren Feeney. (stock photo)
Ards have handed former player John Bailie the managerial reins in succession to Warren Feeney. (stock photo)

By Stuart McKinley

Ards have handed former player John Bailie the managerial reins in succession to Warren Feeney.

Bailie was confirmed as the new boss on Saturday night, just hours after the North Down side had suffered their seventh defeat of the season in a 2-1 loss to Portadown.

The former Ards midfielder, who played over 300 games for the club as well as previously being on the coaching staff under Niall Currie, wasn't in charge at Shamrock Park and will take over the hotseat for this coming Saturday's trip to Dundela.

Although Ards are now sixth in the table, Bailie can take encouragement from his side's performance the Ports.

The Ports took the lead when Adam Salley scored from the spot - although it looked as if Jaimie McGovern had fouled Lee Bonis outside the box. Bonis doubled the lead himself as ultimately the Ports maintain their four-point lead, but they endured a nervous finish to the game after Kym Nelson fired Ards back into the game within three minutes.

Ballinamallard United had to come from behind to stay second and keep the pressure on the Ports.

David Fearon put Knockbreda in front, but the Mallards were ahead before the break through Sean McAvoy and Ryan Campbell. Campbell doubled his tally after the break before Simon Warrington hit the fourth.

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Loughgall remain a point behind Ballinamallard after a narrow 1-0 win over Newry City. Nathaniel Ferris grabbed the vital goal from the penalty spot just 14 minutes into the game.

Fourth-placed Dundela also won 1-0. Tiarnan McNicholl swept home their winner to give the Duns victory at Dixon Park.

Queen's University were the biggest scorers of the day, winning 5-2 at home to H&W Welders after trailing 2-0 with just 13 minutes gone.

Matthew Ferguson struck twice early on for the Welders, but Queen's were level before half time thanks to Lorcan McIlroy and Jonah Mitchell.

Marc McKenna put the students in front early in the second half before Matthew Hughes struck twice to seal the win.

PSNI's trip to Dergview was abandoned just 30 minutes in when police goalkeeper Daniele di Giorgio suffered an accidental blow to the head, resulting in an overnight stay in hospital.

BLUEFIN SPORT CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS: Ballyclare Comrades 0 Dundela 1, Portadown 2 Ards 1, Knockbreda 1 Ballinamallard United 4, Loughgall 1 Newry City 0, Queen's University 5 H&W Welders 2, Dergview v PSNI (Match abandoned).

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