Ards too strong for Mallards in league clash

Michael Ruddy's penalty put Ards into the lead against the Mallards. Credit: Pacemaker

Ballinamallard United missed an opportunity to leapfrog Ards in the Irish Premiership after losing 2-0 at the Bangor Fuels Arena on Friday night.

A goal in each half was enough to secure three points for Colin Nixon's side.

It was the Mallards who created the first chance of the game, with Johnny Lafferty heading into the side netting on 31 minutes.

Five minutes later and Ards were in front when Michael Ruddy converted from the penalty spot.

The visitors tried to respond and missed a good chance to draw level after good work from Ryan Mayse set up Jason McCartney - who just failed to connect in front of goal.

Ards also went close with Guillaume Keke guilty of missing two chances to extend the lead.

And just before the end of the half, United had a big shout for a penalty turned down by referee Peter McGrath.

Keke was proving to be a threat in front of goal and it was no surprise when he made it 2-0 on 70 minutes.

That was the end of the scoring as Ards eased their way to the finish line.