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Ards boss fumes over goal that never was in Glenavon defeat

Glenavon 3 Ards 0

By Colin Speer

Colin Nixon was left to bemoan a controversial offside call that denied Ards a route back into Saturday's contest at Mourneview Park.

Trailing 2-0 to Glenavon, the visitors thought they'd reduced the arrears when Michael McLellan swept home early in the second-half but, just as the hosts were preparing to re-start the game on the halfway line, referee Steven Gregg asked that the ball be returned to the penalty area for a free-kick to the Lurgan Blues, whose claim that an offside Jonny Frazer had impeded goalkeeper Jonny Tuffey's vision appeared to have been heeded by the linesman.

"In my view it should have been a goal," said Nixon. "We've put the ball in the net and two Glenavon centre-halves have run over to the linesman and then the referee gets involved and suddenly it's no longer a goal, even when their players are standing there ready to take centre."

By that stage, the hosts were already well in control of affairs, having taken the lead through Mark Sykes at the end of an incisive early breakaway before the unfortunate Johnny Taylor found the back of his own net to compound Ards' first-half misery.

After McLellan saw his strike chalked off, Glenavon made absolutely sure of things when Sykes banked his second of the day, much to the satisfaction of coach Kris Lindsay.

"I actually think we started both halves a bit sloppily, we weren't quite at it for the first five or 10 minutes each time," he said. "We were doing things we wouldn't usually do but, after we got to grips with things, we played well and were comfortable in the end."

GLENAVON: Tuffey, Burns, Kelly, Doyle, Daniels, Marshall, Mitchell, Hall, Sykes, Clingan, Singleton. Subs: Griffin (For Burns), Marron, McGrory (for Hall), Foley (for Daniels), O'Mahony.

ARDS: Hogg, McAleenan, Taylor, Byers, Glendinning, McMillen, Cherry, Hanley, McAllister, Frazer, McLellan. Subs: Tommons (for Hanley), Hall, Mitchell, Keke (for McLellan), McComb (for McMillen).

Referee: Steven Gregg (Ballyclare)

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