Owens goal lights up Clandeboye Park

Paul Owens
Paul Owens

Ards 0 Coleraine 1
Paul Owens gave Coleraine the points with a memorable goal in an unremarkable game at Clandeboye Park.

Owens’ 93rd minute strike was the the only goal of an essentially meaningless game. The former Limavady winger curled the ball past Graeme McKibbin from just over 20 yards, to sink Ards

The basement club are now left to hope that landlords Bangor win the Championship, and gift them an undeserved spot in the Relegation Play-Off.

However, on current form Ards might struggle against either Carrick Rangers of Institute.

Manager Niall Currie believes his players must step up to the mark, if they make the Play-Offs.

“We’ve told the boys that we might be given a second opportunity, but unless we shape up we won’t be in a position to take that chance.

“We might be handed an opportunity to stay in the Premiership, which is something everybody at the club wants.

“It’s a time for strong characters and it’s a time for our players to step up to the plate.”

Coleraine boss Oran Kearney was pleased with his sides performance. He fielded a number of young players who have impressed for the reserves in recent weeks.

“There are five or six cubs that I wanted to have a look at, but we had to wait until we secured our Premiership status first.

“In my three years at the club this is the first time we’ve had young lads knocking on the door of the first team, so it’s important that we give them their chance. All the lads we used today performed well.”

Ards : McKibbin; Hall, Armstrong, Burns, Rodgers (45 Hunter); Faulkner, Cleary (80 Dougherty), Downey; Mitchell, Arthurs, Dougan

Subs : McClelland, Davidson, Muldrew

Coleraine : Ferry; Mullan (85 Stewart), Ogliby, Beverland, Lindsay; Owens, Harkin, Tommons, McIlmoyle (67 Wright - 77 Jennings); Browne, McDaid

Subs : Shannon, McNeill

Ref : R Crangle (Belfast)