Ten-man Dergview earned a point from this visit of second placed Ards to Darragh Park.
The visitors needed just four minutes to open the scoring after Kym Nelson rose above Matthew Callaghan to nod a cross from the right past Thomas McDermott despite the home keeper getting a hand to the ball.
Dergview's afternoon got worse on 20 minutes when they were reduced to ten men following Kieran Farren's dismissal for dissent.
However, Tommy Canning's side recovered to level just before the break. A free-kick from distance was delivered into the box for Keenan Diver to head beyond Brian Neeson at the right post.
Both sides had their chances in the second half. Dergview had penalty claims waved away after Jamie Browne was brought down in the area while, at the other end, substitute Patrick Cafolla fired over in front of goal after the ball had been crossed over from wide on the left before later sending a right sided cross onto the top of the crossbar.