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David McAllister’s return helps Ards end losing slump

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Mac is back: David McAllister was on target for Ards at the Brandywell. Credit: David Maginnis

Mac is back: David McAllister was on target for Ards at the Brandywell. Credit: David Maginnis

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Mac is back: David McAllister was on target for Ards at the Brandywell. Credit: David Maginnis

Ards found the winning formula again at the weekend to move into second position in the Lough 41 Championship thanks to a crucial 3-0 victory away to Institute.

John Bailie’s team had occupied one of the top two places for most of the season but a dreadful run of form which saw them pick up one point out of 15 dropped them to fourth.

The manager will hope the success at the Brandywell on Saturday will stop the rot. TJ Murray, David McAllister, back after a long absence much to the relief of the travelling fans, and Salou Jallow were the goalscorers on what could prove to be an important result for the club, especially if they kick on from here.

Ards are now five points behind leaders Newry City who drew 2-2 at Dundela on Friday night. James Teelan gave the border outfit the lead before goals from Guillaume Keke and Johnny Taylor put Niall Currie’s team in front. Darren King’s second half effort earned Darren Mullen’s men a share of the spoils.

Annagh moved into third just behind Ards on goal difference with a brilliant 4-1 triumph at home to Knockbreda. Ciaran McGurgan’s players upped the ante with Ryan Harpur, Stephen Murray, Craig Taylor and Ruairi McDonald all hitting the net in a statement victory with Nathan Johnston on target for Knockbreda.

Loughgall and Ballinamallard started the weekend in second and third respectively but after a thrilling 3-3 draw at Lakeview Park such is the nature of the Championship they found themselves fourth and fifth.

Nedas Maciulaitis netted early on for the home side before Ben McCann levelled before the break for the Fermanagh men. Loughgall looked to be in control with a further strike from Maciulaitis and a Jamie Rea goal but Harry McConkey’s visitors would not be beaten with John Edgar and Ryan Morris strikes finishing the scoring.

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Ballyclare also pulled back a two goal deficit to draw 2-2 at H & W Welders whose goals came from Alan McMurtry and Joshua Boyd with Liam Hassin and Matthew Herron replying for Comrades. Elsewhere bottom side Queen’s drew 0-0 at Dergview.


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