Ryan Harpur failed to beat Sam Johnston from the spot (©INPHO/Philip Magowan)
Saturday, 22 September 2018
Ards kept a fourth consecutive clean sheet with this scoreless draw away to bottom of the table Dungannon Swifts.
The first half produced few clear cut chances. The Swifts created the early running with a Paul McElroy effort from distance going over while the same player just failed to get his head to a Mark Patton soon after.
Ards might have broken the deadlock midway through the half only for Seanan Clucas to make a crucial intervention to snuff out a dangerous looking Ryan Strain ball while Swifts keeper Alex Moore did well to deny Eamon McAllister.
After the break Moore found Daniel Hughes with a long punt forward with the latter attempting to lob Sam Johnston in the Ards goal but the ball went over in the end.
Dungannon failed to capitalise on the one big chance in the game when, with just over 20 minutes remaining, Ryan Harpur was upended by Johnston after the keeper had parried an initial effort from Hughes. Referee Shane Andrews pointed to the spot but, after composing himself, Harpur saw his penalty well saved by Johnston.
But the Swifts had another chance in the later stages of the second half too when a great team move ended with Rhyss Campbell sending a curling effort onto the crossbar.
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Dungannon Swifts: Moore, Hegarty, Armstrong, Clucas, Hughes, McElroy, Harpur, O'Rourke, Patton, Hutchinson, Campbell subs Addis (not used), Dykes (not used), Wilson (not used), McMullan (replaced McElroy 78), Teggart (not used), Lowe (not used), Lafferty (replaced Patton 60)
Ards: Johnston, Kerr, E. McAllister, Byers, Taylor, Cherry, M. Kelly, J. Kelly, McClean, Nelson, Strain subs McLellan (not used), D. McAllister (not used), Mitchell (replaced Cherry 70), Tommons (not used), Mooney (not used), McAleenan (replaced E. McAllister 81), Boyd (replaced Strain 74)
Referee: Shane Andrews