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'Breath of fresh air' Warren Feeney can keep us up, insists Ards striker

Glentoran 1 Ards 1

Well in: Michael McLellan is hailed by Gareth Tommons
Well in: Michael McLellan is hailed by Gareth Tommons

By Alex Mills

Michael McLellan believes Warren Feeney can plot a relegation escape route for Ards.

The former Northern Ireland striker may have been in charge for only two games, but already the Co Down boys have a feel-good factor about their chances of staying up.

The win over Newry City last time out inched Ards off the bottom of the table - and Saturday's point against Glentoran could be crucial come the end of the campaign.

But Feeney's troops had to do it the hard way because they lost midfielder Kym Nelson seconds before the interval, dismissed by referee Lee Tavinder after a clash with Darren Murray.

McLellan shot the visitors into the lead 10 minutes before that, only for Murray to salvage a little crumb of comfort for the Glens with a 70th minute equaliser.

But it was Feeney who walked off with a huge grin on his face at the finish.

"He's like a breath of fresh air," said McLellan. "A lot of people had us down and out before Warren came in. He has tried to get the boys playing with a smile on their face

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"We've picked up four points from his first two games, so he had made an immediate impact.

"We want to stay in this league, and we are going to do all we can to make it possible. We are purely working on a game-to-game basis."

Glentoran manager Gary Smyth insisted his team again suffered because of schoolboy defending.

"If we want to get into the European play-off place (seventh), these are the teams we have to be beating," he moaned.

"The players don't appear to be learning from their mistakes. The decision-making is poor in games and it's costing us."

GLENTORAN: Nelson, Garrett, Kane, Peers, Gallagher, Allen, McDaid, Kerr, Pepper, Murray, Gwiazda (Glover, 63 mins).Unused subs: Morris, McMahon, Gordon, McCarthy, O'Neill, Smith.

ARDS: Johnston, Kerr, E McAllister (Cherry, 73 mins),Taylor, M Kelly (Byers, 84 mins), McLellan (D McAllister, 46 mins), J Kelly, Tommons, McClean, Nelson, McNulty. Unused subs: Davidson, McAleenan, Smith, McCawl.

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