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Ards must seize the chance to pile pressure on rivals: Feeney


Clock ticking: Warren Feeney is battling to keep Ards up
Clock ticking: Warren Feeney is battling to keep Ards up

By Alex Mills

Ards boss Warren Feeney insists his team have a great chance to move off the bottom of the table today when they make the long trek to the Brandywell to face Institute.

They were handed a Danske Bank Premiership relegation lifeline last night when fellow strugglers Newry City lost at home to Glentoran.

It means an Ards victory in the North West this afternoon would lift them off the basement and help push Darren Mullen's border team a little nearer to the automatic drop slot.

But it promises to be a fight to the finish. After today's outing, Feeney's troops must face Dungannon Swifts at home on Tuesday before going head-to-head with Warrenpoint Town in their final match.

City must now look to pick up full points away to Institute in midweek and at home to Dungannon if they are to have any hopes of survival.

But Ards will be missing centre-back and skipper Johnny Taylor for today's crucial clash. He was dismissed last weekend after picking up two yellow cards against Glentoran - the second for kicking the ball away after he conceded a free kick. It was an action that angered Feeney.

"He didn't need to do that, I was so annoyed with him," he added. "Johnny is a big player for us and he was brilliant up until that point.

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"I made him skipper of this football club for a reason. He is a top player and has been brilliant since I came in, but he needs to be mentally stronger. Johnny knows his actions didn't do himself or the club any favours.

"The ironic thing is, he was named the March player of the month by the supporters, but now we'll be without him for one of our most important matches of the season."

Feeney could be forced into a total defensive reshuffle because Damien McNulty is struggling to recover from injury. "He limped off last week, so we could well be without our two first choice centre-backs," added Feeney.

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