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Ards give boss Nixon food for thought with dramatic Town win

Ards 4 Warrenpoint Town 2

By Keith Bailie

While manager Colin Nixon ponders a new two-year deal, his Ards team were decisive in front of goal.

The Red & Blues scored four fine goals in a 4-2 victory over Warrenpoint Town at the Bangor Fuels Arena last night.

Reece Glendinning, Michael McLellan and Kyle Cherry all scored in the first half as Ards raced into a 3-0 lead, only for Town to mount a second-half comeback thanks to goals from Emmet Hughes and Alan O’Sullivan. A stunning Jonny Frazer volley sealed the points for Ards, 21 minutes from time.

Ards opened the scoring after Cherry was fouled just outside the penalty area. Full-back Glendinning stepped up to the mark and curled a 20-yard free-kick around the wall and beyond the reach of Jonny Parr, to claim the lead.

It was 2-0 in the 36th. Dubliner Luke Kelly curling a left-footed cross towards the near post, where substitute McLellan headed home from close range.

The third goal arrived in the 39th minute, after some fine work down the right-flank by Ards. Cherry completed a nice team move by stroking a low shot into the bottom corner.

Alan O’Sullivan pulled a goal back when he smashed home a volley. Town then made it 3-2 after Sam Johnston fumbled, allowing Hughes to slot into an empty net.

Town’s dreams of a comeback were shattered when Ards were awarded a controversial throw-in, which Frazer then smashed home.

Ards will hope that this victory, which featured five teenagers, is enough to convince Nixon his future lies with his hometown club.

Ards: Johnston; L. Kelly, Byers, McAleenan, Glendinning; Mitchell, Cherry, J. Kelly, Frazer (81 McIlmail); Keke (18 McLellan), Stewart (85 McKenna). Subs Not Used: Hanley, Taylor.

Warrenpoint Town: Parr; Foster, McGrandles, Dane, Moan; Murray, Reilly, Hughes, Forde; Lynch (81 Wallace), O’Sullivan. Subs Not Used: O’Hara, McKenna, Watters, Turker

Referee: Arnold Hunter (Maguiresbridge).

Match Rating 8/10.

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