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Ards must build momentum to escape danger zone: Eamon McAllister

Dungannon Swifts 0 Ards 3

Double delight: Eamon McAllister was Ards’ hero
Double delight: Eamon McAllister was Ards’ hero
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Eamon McAllister said Ards cannot afford to relax despite claiming a first win in 13 attempts against Dungannon.

The midfielder scored twice as the league's bottom side stunned the Swifts at Stangmore Park.

Ards stay bottom, but have cut the gap on nearest rivals Newry to just two points.

McAllister insists there is plenty of hard work ahead, with title challengers Linfield next up tomorrow afternoon.

"Today is a massive result but at the end of the day it's only one result," he said.

"It is one match, three points, and we still find ourselves bottom of the league.

"For us the focus is now on the next game."

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Ards' last win was on October 20, but they were convincing winners against a poor Dungannon side. McAllister gave them a 10th minute lead when his cross-shot caught out goalkeeper Alex Moore.

Mark Kelly doubled the visitors' lead in the 72nd minute, getting the final touch on Kym Nelson's shot.

And McAllister then wrapped it up in the 90th minute, rounding Moore to slot home.

He added: "It's always good to get any goal, so it's a joy for me to get two. The first one was a shot - 100%. I looked up, saw no one in the box and decided I would just hit it."

Dungannon remain 10th, but face a real battle for survival in the new year.

Boss Kris Lindsay said: "We didn't perform and were flat the whole game."

DUNGANNON: Moore, Lowe, Hegarty, Armstrong, Dykes (Teggart, 46 mins), O'Rourke, Wilson (Lafferty, 75 mins), Clucas, Hutchinson (Patton, 46 mins), McElroy, Hughes. Unused subs: Addis, Burke, Campbell, Smyth.

ARDS: Johnston, Kerr, Byers, McAleenan, McClean, E McAllister, Cherry, Nelson, Tommons, J Kelly, M Kelly (McLellan, 80 mins). Unused subs: Davidson, D McAllister, Mitchell, McKenna, Boyd, Strain.

Referee: Ross Dunlop (Carrickfergus)

Man of the match: Eamon McAllister

Match rating: 6/10

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