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Ards make it a double with derby win and Shane Dolan


New signing: Shane Dolan is on his way to Ards

New signing: Shane Dolan is on his way to Ards

New signing: Shane Dolan is on his way to Ards

Ards are celebrating a good weekend after they defeated Bangor 3-2 in the North Down derby and secured the services of striker Shane Dolan.

The Dubliner, who was also previously on the books of Donegal Celtic, Carrick Rangers and Ballymena United, will join when the transfer window opens later this week.

"I've seen Shane play many times and I think he's an excellent player," said Ards boss Niall Currie.

"The main thing for me is that Shane was very keen to sign for us and we've been monitoring his situation for a couple of months.

"He showed that he wanted to come to Ards and that he wanted to work with me and I believe he will be a real asset to the club. I think he's exactly what we need."

On Saturday, Currie's men recorded a remarkable 3-2 victory over league leaders Bangor in front of a bumper crowd on the Clandeboye Road.

First half strikes from James Cully and Gary Warwick looked to have put the Red and Blues on course for a comfortable success, but Bangor fought back thanks to an unstoppable 20-yard thunderbolt from Andy Hall in the 76th minute and a scrambled Jordan Forsythe equaliser in injury time.

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There was still room for some further drama, however, as Ross Arthurs pounced to restore Ards' advantage before Paul McDowell passed up the opportunity of a 96th minute leveller.

While it was a bad day for the Seasiders, they remain six points clear of their rivals at the top of Belfast Telegraph Championship 1.

There weren't as many goals elsewhere.

Lisburn Distillery and Donegal Celtic played out a 0-0 draw at New Grosvenor, while PSNI's game with Knockbreda at Newforge was also scoreless.

Ballyclare Comrades contested an exciting 2-2 draw at Dixon Park with Dergview.

The Comrades were both 1-0 and 2-1 up with Joel Cooper and Johnny McClurg scoring either side of Adam Lecky's penalty kick.

The hosts looked set to make light of their numerical inferiority - Andrew Doyle having been dismissed for a handball offence for Dergview's spot-kick - until Aaron Arkinson equalised with just five minutes left on the clock.

In Championship Two, Ballymoney United and Glebe Rangers drew 1-1 in the Riada derby as United's search for a first league win of the season continued.

Fellow strugglers Coagh United claimed an invaluable win, beating Wakehurst 1-0, while Tobermore United also picked up a crucial point in their 1-1 draw with Moyola Park.

Elsewhere, Dollingstown made short work of Banbridge Town at Crystal Park, winning 4-0 to go seventh in the table.

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