Carrick Rangers 0-1 Ards
David McAlinden's men suffered their first home defeat of the season on Tuesday night as a late Scott Davidson winner gifted Ards all three points.

Former ‘Gers played Nathan Hanley had the first opportunity of the evening as he was set up by Guillaume Keke, however his shot from the edge of the box flew over the bar.


Keke then threatened himself as he got himself in a dangerous position at the front post, but his header was wide of the mark.


At the other end, Mark Clarke’s through ball picked out Andrew Mooney who raced through towards goal, however David Elebert’s well timed tackle halted the danger for the visitors.


Mark Edgar then whipped in a dangerous free-kick which was headed towards the bottom corner by Paddy McNally, but Aaron Hogg was down quickly to save.


Two minutes before the end of the half, Jonny Frazer span away on a dangerous run and shot from 20 yards, with his effort skidding just past the post; leaving it scoreless at the break.


Attacking midfielder Kyle Cherry looked to continue Ards’ momentum in the second half as he shot from the edge of the area; his effort going just wide of the mark.


Martin Maybin then picked out Ben Roy who found space in behind the away defence, however Hogg raced out quickly to smother the danger.


Gavin Taggart replaced Mark Clarke for Carrick minutes later in a re-shuffle in the middle of the park.


Maybin again continued to be a creative outlet as he picked out Mark Surgenor who struck a fierce drive from distance which was met with a smart save from Hogg.


From the resulting corner, Roy picked put the free McNally who was only able to head over the bar from close range.


The game boiled over on the hour mark as former Rangers man Cherry saw red. The midfielder tackled former teammate Aaron Smyth with both feet off the ground, giving referee Lee Tavinder no option but to show a red card.


But only six minutes later it was 10-a-side as Surgenor received a second yellow. After a scuffle with Ards’ Frazer, Tavinder had a quick consultation with his assistant before giving the Rangers captain his marching orders.


A direct swap was to follow for the hosts as Michael Smith replaced Ben Roy on the left flank.


Eamon McAllister then found himself in space on the edge of the area, and when he smashed a half-volley towards goal he was unlucky to see it bounce just the wrong side of the post.


As the game entered its final few minutes, the North Down outfit bagged a winner. A quick-fire counter-attack saw Carrick outnumbered in defence and the ball was spread out to David McAllister whose shot was finely saved by Harry Doherty, however the re-bound was eventually scraped over the line by Scott Davidson.


Dale Malone then came on for Aaron Smyth as the hosts pressed for an equaliser in the dying stages.


Malone so nearly grabbed that equaliser only for Greg Hall to clear the ball off the line to ensure his side picked up their first victory of the season.


Carrick Rangers: Doherty; Smyth (Malone, 89), Gage, McNally, Edgar; McAllister, Surgenor, Clarke (Taggart, 51), Roy (Smith, 68); Maybin, Mooney.


Unused substitutes: McMullan, Morrow.

updated: 06 September 2017

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