Ards 5 Queen's University 0
Ards claimed their first win of the season with a comfortable win over Queen's University. Kyle Cherry and Michael McLellan scored a brace apiece, with Scott Davidson adding a fifth late in the game.
Ards opened the scoring in the 17th minute when Kyle Cherry unleashed an unstoppable 20-yard volley that rocketed into the top corner.
Cherry added another goal in the 27th minute. David McAllister produced a fine cross from the left wing that the midfielder guided home with his head.
Queen's only chance of note in the first half arrived in the 31st minute when Matt Hughes skipped his way through the Ards defence before chipping just over from 20 yards.
Michael McLellan opened his Ards account in the 54th minute. Cherry lobbed the ball towards the back post and the former Linfield striker was on hand to tap home from a yard.
McLellan scored his second in the 74th minute when he headed home a superb McAllister cross from the left-flank.
McLellan turned provider in the 79th minute. He whipped the ball in from the right and his former Harland & Wolff Welders team-mate volleyed home.
Ards: Johnston; McMillen, McAleenan, Taylor, Hanley; Frazer (75 Mitchell), Cherry (75 Kelly), Davidson, McAllister; McLellan, McComb (70 Keke). Subs NotUsed: Liggett, Tommons
Queen's University: Cooney; Briers, McManus, Harper, G. Keenan; Hughes (60 Donnelly), Mulgrew, Walsh, Fyfe, Hagan (75 Allinson); O'Hare (60 Rooney). Subs Not Used: Brown, A. Keenan
Ref: Mark Dillon
Mark McAllister last night demonstrated just why Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter gambled by bringing the out-of-favour striker to Seaview in the summer. Frozen out by his former club, Portadown, the striker's football career appeared to be heading for the scrap heap until Baxter called.
Holders Ballymena United eased into the third round of the BetMcLean League Cup after overcoming stubborn Knockbreda. David Jeffrey's men claimed their first win of the campaign as they began the defence of the trophy they won for the first time last season.
For anyone who loves the magic of the cup, it was in short supply last night. All twelve Danske Bank Premiership clubs navigated their respective ties, some more easily than others, to reach the third round, while there wasn't even a shock in any of the matches involving lesser sides either.