TOUCH OF ARD LUCK

Lead blown in bat­tle at base­ment

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Sport -

Ards 2 Cru­saders 2

his way into the cen­tre, ar­riv­ing on cue to slip an­other break­ing ball past keeper Sean O’Neill.

Hav­ing worked so hard for their lead in the first half, Ards then came up with a mo­ment of real class to dou­ble it in the 54th minute.

Sean Ward was pe­nalised for a hand­ball and former Crues stal­wart Craig Mc­Clean stepped for­ward from left­back to bend a crack­ing free-kick over the wall and into the top cor­ner.

The vis­i­tors were rat­tled but re­sponded in the right way and, 69 min­utes in, Cad­dell showed he’d learned from his er­ror in the first half, mak­ing no mis­take this time af­ter get­ting on the end of an­other Owens knock­down to make it 2-1.

That goal changed the mo­men­tum of the game com­pletely as Cru­saders re­ally be­gan to turn up the heat. Ards looked res­o­lute, how­ever, and it took some­thing spe­cial to crack them open again. There ap­peared to be lit­tle dan­ger when Ro­nan Hale con­trolled a loose ball 25-yards out but the striker lashed home a bril­liant equaliser with just seven min­utes left to play.

Crues sub David Cush­ley then thought he’d won it at the death when he flashed a header at goal but John­ston pulled off a bril­liant save.

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