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Ards have wind in their sails after substitute Keke's last-gasp winner

Ards 2 Warrenpoint Town 1

By Keith Bailie

Guillaume Keke wrapped up all three points for Ards at the Bangor Fuels Arena with a 90th-minute winner.

Warrenpoint Town held the lead for much of the game thanks to an early Darren Murray strike, but second-half goals from teenager Jonah Mitchell and French striker Keke gave Ards an invaluable win.

Storm Brian deserves top marks for trying to ruin this basement battle. The team shooting towards the walled end of the ground had the advantage in either half, but in truth it made life difficult for both teams.

While the wind dominated the game, Warrenpoint's third-minute goal was a well worked exercise. A quick short corner from Josh Lynch fell to Murray on the edge of the box and the striker's low shot found the net, with the hint of a deflection.

The Red & Blues found an equaliser 16 minutes into the second half. Town failed to clear the ball with Ards piling on the pressure inside the area. The ball dropped at the feet of Mitchell, and the teenager steered a shot into the bottom corner. It was his first senior goal, in his first Irish League start.

The winner arrived in the 90th minute. One long wind-assisted ball forward cut out the entire Warrenpoint defence and substitute Keke latched onto it, sped through and kept his cool to slot past Berat Turker.

Ards: Johnston; Glendinning, Elebert, Taylor, Ruddy; Frazer, Tommons, Kelly (55 Cherry), McMillen (60 McAllister); Mitchell; Arthurs (73 Keke)

Warrenpoint Town: Turker; Lynch (72 Forde), Moan, McGrandles, Wallace; Davidson (80 Roohi), TJ Murray, Mackle; McMenamin, D. Murray, S. Murray

Ref: M. Lukjancukas (Lithuania)

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