Bangor title chase offers Ards a vital lifeline

Ards manager Niall Currie
Ards manager Niall Currie

Ards manager Niall Currie knows his club’s potential top-flight survival lies in the hands of Bangor.

Ards - who are already condemned to finishing bottom in the Danske Bank Premiership - need Bangor to finish top of Championship 1 to offer the Clandeboye Park side a lifeline.

The Seasiders - who have not applied for a licence to play in the Premiership next season - lead the Championship with just two games remaining.

If they go on to lift the title, then Ards will most likely face a relegation play-off against either Carrick Rangers or Institute - who meet tonight in the Championship.

Ards themselves entertain Coleraine this afternoon in a proverbial Premiership dead rubber.

Coleraine guaranteed their top-flight status with Saturday’s 1-0 win over Warrenpoint Town, while Ards now have eyes on other results.

Meanwhile, Warrenpoint boss Barry Gray is hoping his players can climb out of the bottom two. Warrenpoint - who sit 11th in the Danske Bank Premiership - entertain Ballymena United at Milltown this afternoon.

“We have Ballymena on Tuesday and then Ballinamallard on Saturday and hopefully we can can get two positive results,” Gray said.

“We have to pick up as many points as we can from those two games and hopefully it will be enough to get us out of the bottom two.”

Ballinamallard will look to stave off Warrenpoint’s pursuit by claiming victory against Dungannon Swifts at Ferney Park. The Mallards sit two points ahead of Town with just two games remaining.

“We got another good point on Saturday against Ballymena and we have to try and build on that,” manager Whitey Anderson said.

“We know if we pick up points from our remaining games then we will stand a good chance of finishing out of the bottom two.”