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Championship: McLellan's stunning early strike keeps Ards ahead as Newry's misery continues

 

Michael McLellan
Michael McLellan

By Keith Bailie

A Michael McLellan goal in the second minute gave Ards a slender victory over Harland & Wolff Welders as Warren Feeney's team held on to top spot in the Championship.

It took Ards just 70 seconds to take the lead at the Bangor Fuels Arena. A quick throw-in from William Armstrong gave McLellan the chance to find the far corner of the net with a superb half volley from the edge of the box, against his old club.

Elswhere, Portadown eased to a 5-0 home win against Ballyclare Comrades thanks to Aaron Duke's hat-trick.

In the 20th minute, the striker turned home a cross from Chris Lavery, who scored himself three minutes later. Duke completed his hat-trick with two second half strikes, with Paul Finnegan also on target.

Nathan Ferris also hit a treble as Newry City's miserable return to the Championship continued with a 4-2 home defeat to Loughgall. Mark McCabe opened the scoring for the hosts at the Showgrounds, only for Fra Brennan to equalise. Loughgall grabbed the lead through Ferris, only for McCabe to equalise, but two more goals from Ferris gave him the hat-trick. Newry also lost on the opening day, beaten 2-0 by H&W Welders.

Ballinamallard United's poor start to the season continued as they fell to a 2-0 defeat at Dergview.

The Dergs took the lead at Darragh Park through Paul Smith, with Adam Buchanan adding the second.

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Dundela were also 2-0 winners as they defeated Knockbreda 2-0 at Breda Park thanks to goals from former Glentoran defender Jay Magee and Tiernan McNicholl.

In the night's final game, PSNI were thumped 5-1 by Queen's University at The Dub, the ground the two teams are sharing for the season, as Phil Treanor, Ronan Young, Chris Middleton, Marc McKenna and Matthew Hughes were on target for the Students.

• Linfield Ladies star Kirsty McGuinness has been named Women's Player of the Month by the Northern Ireland Football Writers' Association.

McGuinness scored 11 goals for the Blues as they climbed to the top of the Danske Bank Women's Premiership.

Today Linfield start their Champions League campaign in Denderleeuw, Belgium with a game against Norwegian side LSK Kvinner.

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