Ben Cushnie (31)
Scott McMillan (62)



A goal in each half from Ben Cushnie and Scott McMillan ensured Ards defeated Ballyclare Comrades at the Bangor Fuels Arena.

New signing Cushnie, on loan from Glentoran, opened the scoring just after the half-hour mark when he showed composure to take the ball round keeper Ben McCauley to score from an angle.

Ballyclare might have levelled early in the second half through Jordan Malone only for his effort to strike the crossbar whilst, for Ards, David McAllister turned the ball against the inside of an upright.

The visitors missed another opportunity on the hour after Joe Tully saw his spot-kick well saved by Ards keeper Brian Neeson.

It proved to be a pivotal point in the game when, moments later, McMillan doubled Ards' lead after collecting the ball from Craig McMillen.

Ards: Neeson, McMillan, Armstrong, McGovern, Taylor, McMillen, Nelson, D. McAllister, E. McAllister, Calderwood, Cushnie subs McLellan (replaced Cushnie 75), D. Wilson (replaced E. McAllister 68), Harris (not used), McConnell (replaced McMillen 82), Wynne (not used)

Ballyclare Comrades: McCauley, Woods, McCune, McQuitty, Nolan, McNeill, C. Dobbin, McCart, Tully, Malone, Henry subs McIlveen (replaced McNeill 71), Crawford (replaced McQuitty 77), Robinson (not used), Adamczyk (replaced Tully 79), Hegan (not used)

Referee: Alex Johnson

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