By Peter Bond
The long awaited game in the Club was the league meeting of the fifth and sixth elevens at Ards Leisure Centre. Inter club games can sometimes have an extra competitive edge but this was an enjoyable fast paced game played in the best of spirits throughout. The fifths had already guaranteed their promotion the previous week and needed two points to secure the league title but the sixths kept them honest and at times had them chasing shadows. Skipper Peter Bond put the fifths ahead after 18 minutes when he escaped his marker but this was the signal for the sixths to mount a series of attacks on a goal ably protected by the returning Reece Glover. Prompted by veteran Paul Johnston at sweeper the sixths finally equalised though Josh Gilmore on the stroke of half time.
A number of substitutions disrupted the sixths flowing game and early in the second half the fifths looked to have gone ahead but, amid some confusion, the goal was ruled out. The fifths began to press their case and tightened up their marking on the danger men Kai Jenkins and Conor Millar before eventually going ahead again when Peter McGreevy got the slightest of touches in the circle to deflect the ball past Sam Martin giving him no chance. The fifths weathered a final ten minute onslaught and were more than relieved to have secured a 2-1 win and at long last, the league title.