It’s now or never for Ards manager Niall Currie after his side closed the gap on Warrenpoint Town to just five points with Saturday’s 2-0 win at Stangmore Park.
Second half goals from Mark Burns and William Faulkner were enough for the bottom side to keep their survival hopes alive.
“The first half was a nothing game and I had to emphasise to the boys at half time that it wasn’t enough for us,” Currie said.
“I felt it was a great opportunity today. We’ve been playing well and in a couple of the games, we probably didn’t get what we deserved out of them. We got a good reaction in the second half.
“We came out in the second half and got off to a good start. I thought we had so many good chances in the second half and it just emphasised the point again that we need to create seven or eight chances to score two.
“But we’ll take the two today. Overall, I don’t think Barry will have any complaints [about the result] with our second half performance. We were the better team in the second half. We were worthy winners.”
Ards had now moved to within five points of Town with their first away league win this season and Currie is optimistic of his side’s ability to produce a miracle escape.
“We’ve given ourselves a chance,” he added.
“There’s a different dynamic in the changing rooms and the characters that we’ve brought in have really strengthened the youngsters around them.”
Warrenpoint manager Barry Gray didn’t mince his words after what he described as his sides “worst performance of the season”.
He added: “The best team won and won comfortably.
“They were better in scoreline, possession, heart, desire, work rate, you name it; we were outclassed all over the park. The first half was probably the worst game I’ve seen or been involved in all season.”