Ards 0 - Institute 1
By Jana McCabe
In their first game of October, Ards faced an Institute side who have only gained a point in September. Once again Ards struggled with injuries with seven players not able to play.
Institute had the first chance of the game with Colin McLaughlin’s shot well saved by Sam Johnston in the fourth minute. In the same minute, David McAllister’s strike from the left wing tested Institute ‘keeper Martin Gallagher who produced a fine save to deny Ards an early goal.
In the fourteenth minute great teamwork between Craig McClean and Michael McLellan gave Ryan Strain a close range chance but he failed to connect with the ball. A minute later Ards had their best chance of the half with David McAllister through on goal but his shot was stopped by Gallagher. However Ards fans were unhappy claiming he was pulled back by Dean Curry.
Aaron Jarvis’s shot from the edge of the box made Johnston produce a fine save in the twenty fourth minute. Then, in the twenty ninth minute, Jonah Mitchell’s shot from the edge of the box was wide of the right hand post.
In the thirty first minute a Kym Nelson free kick found the head of Johnny Taylor whose header flew past the left post to the gasps of the Red and Blue Army. A McAllister run and pass, with the help of a knock on from McLellan, found Nelson but his header was off target. In the forty second minute Josh Kelly’s turn and shot sailed over the bar. The half ended 0-0.
Institute looked to get an early second half goal with Ronan Doherty’s close range shot being just wide of the right post in the forty seventh minute. In the fifty third minute McLellan could have scored in a second consecutive game when Kelly’s high ball gave the Ards striker a chance from a promising position but his volley sailed over the bar.
Institute’s captain Michael McCrudden’s deflected shot made Johnston produce a fine save continuing his good form from September. McAllister couldn’t take control of Institute stopper Gallagher’s mistake and the winger’s shot from the left wing was wide.
In the seventieth minute McCrudden’s close range shot struck the side netting to the frustration of the Institute bench. Substitute Ronan Wilson then showed he was dangerous with his strong shot being well blocked by Johnston in the seventy seventh minute and, minutes later, his long range free kick was denied by Johnston.
However the stalemate was broken in the dying seconds by Institute. Aaron Harkin’s ball to Aaron Jarvis saw Jarvis trick the Ards defence and his angled strike beat Johnston. 0-1 in the ninety second minute. The game ended seconds later, with Josh Kelly receiving the Man Of The Match award for the home side.
Agony for Ards who were so close to securing another 0-0 draw. The Red & Blues remain tenth, above Dungannon on goal difference and a point clear of bottom side Warrenpoint, who both have games in hand. Ards look to bounce back when they face Dergview in the Irish League Cup at Darragh Park, Castlederg on Tuesday evening.
Starting 11- Sam Johnston, Callum Byers, Johnny Taylor, David Elebert, Craig McClean, Josh Kelly, Jonah Mitchell, Kym Nelson, David McAllister, Ryan Strain and Michael McLellan.
Used substitutes: Marc McKenna [for Jonah Mitchell] and Scott McArthur [for Ryan Strain].
Unused substitutes: Michael Kerr, Kyle Cherry, Jason Mooney, Adam McAleenan and Matthew Torrens
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