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David Cushley ( 8)
Gary Thompson (36)
Gary Thompson (60)
Michael Ruddy (90)

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Willie Faulkner (40)
Neil Dougan (42)

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Allan Jenkins battles with Ryan Henderson (Picture: John McIlwaine/PressEye.com)

SKY BLUES ON TOP AFTER BASEMENT BATTLE

BALLYMENA United collected an important three points from this bottom of the table clash with Ards at The Showgrounds.

David Cushley opened the scoring for the Sky Blues after eight minutes with a deflected free-kick past Graeme McKibbin from outside the area.

Gary Thompson made it 2-0 on 36 minutes after a run from deep to hold off his marker and fire low into the bottom corner.

Ards hit back five minutes before the break through William Faulkner with a shot beyond Stuart Addis after Neil Dougan had slipped the ball through.

And two minutes after that they were back on level terms when a long throw caught the home defence unawares to create the space for Dougan to send an overhead kick into the opposite corner.

United moved back in front again on the hour mark with Thompson's second of the game, a 25-yard drive into the corner from an Allan Jenkins lay-off.

Michael Ruddy made sure of the points on 90 minutes with a tap-in after Gary Liggett had delivered a cross from the right.

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Attendance: 616

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