IRISH LEAGUE: Late goals are haunting us says Ards boss Niall Currie

Ards boss Niall Currie
Ards boss Niall Currie

Ards boss Niall Currie is beginning to have nightmares over the late goals his team are conceding!

Currie's lads were beaten by plucky Warrenpoint Town in a thrilling League Cup tie on Wednesday night - in extra time - which came hot on the heels after Jamie McGonigle's 93rd minute winner for Coleraine last Saturday.

Currie wants to avoid another bout of late drama in Saturday's Danske Premiership clash against Cliftonville at Solitude.

"We were disappointed with the defeat by Warrenpoint, but the league is our bread and butter," said Currie. "The Coleraine result was tough to take. We are giving ourselves a mountain to climb, week in, week out, having had another man sent off (Emmet Friars).

"We once again were reduced to 10 men, which puts us under pressure. We can't afford for that to keep happening. Once you lose a man, everything changes.

"It's something we need to sort out. It's really frustrating and it meant we ultimately finished without a point after all the effort we put in."

The Reds racked up a 6-0 League Cup win against little Annagh United on Wednesday night, but goals were hard to come by against Carrick Rangers last Saturday when a late Davy McDaid strike sealed the points.

"We'll not read to much into the midweek win," said boss Gerard Lyttle. "It was a game we were expected to win. In the previous match (against Carrick), we had a lot of possession but could have been more clinical and ruthless in front of goal."