COLERAINE 2 ARDS 1
Coleraine picked up their third win of the season as second half goals from Ruairi Harkin and Shane Jennings were enough to seal a 2-1 win over Ards at The Showgrounds.
Aaron Canning had the first opportunity of the game with only two minutes gone but his powerful low drive was well saved by Graham McKibbin.
The visitors responded as Scott Davidson sent William Faulkner through on goal, Wayne Drummond was out quickly though and the midfielder’s lob sailed wide of the target. Ards almost caught the Bannsiders out again on 17 minutes as Henderson played a clever pass in to Faulkner’s path, but again his lob was off target as Ogilby got back to deflect it away.
Andy Hunter was next to try his luck as his pile driver of a free kick from 25 yards had Drummond at full stretch as it just ended up on the wrong side of the upright on the half hour.
Coleraine were struggling to find any rhythm but just before half time Gary Browne drew a good save out of McKibbin.
It was the Bannsiders who broke the deadlock on 54 minutes as Ruairi Harkin fired in from the spot after Stevie Lowry was fouled by Craig McMillen. Shane Jennings added a second on 67 minutes as he fired in from Browne’s knock down.
Ards refused to lie down though and they pulled a goal back with 17 minutes to go as substitute Paul McDowell finished from close range after Drummond had spilled Ben Roy’s initial effort.
McDowell almost grabbed the equaliser on 82 minutes as he latched on to Driummond’s punch from Hunter’s long throw, thankfully for Coleraine though David Ogilby was there to head off the line.
Coleraine: Drummond, McIlmoyle, Ogilby, Owens, Lowry, Browne, Harkin, Canning, Watt, Jennings (Hegarty 75), Tommons (Carson 75).
Subs: E Bradley, J Bradley, McMullan.
Booked: Watt (90)
Goals: Harkin (54), Jennings (67)
Ards: McKibbin, Hall, Hunter, Gibson, McCullough, Smith (Cully 72), Faulkner, Henderson (McDowell, 64), McMillen, Davidson (Roy 64), Mitchell.
Subs: McClelland, Moffatt.
Goal: McDowell (73)
Booked: Smith (54)
Referee: Raymond Hetherington.