Dungannon Swifts 2-0 Carrick Rangers
Carrick Rangers’ first post-split game ended with a disappointing result in a 2-0 away loss to 8th placed Dungannon Swifts.

Striker Darren Henderson registered Rangers’ first chance of the afternoon after 20 minutes, with his shot being blocked by centre-half David Armstrong.

 

‘Keeper Harry Doherty was called into action moments later as he first palmed away Douglas Wilson’s effort before making a brilliant save from point-blank range following Paul McElroy’s shot.

 

In the final action in the first half, Doherty had to come to his side’s rescue again as he tipped Christopher Hegarty’s header over the bar to ensure that the game was scoreless at the break.

 

Following the interval, the game took time to get going again, so the Carrick bench moved to introduce Julien Anau in place of Jonathan Smith up front.

 

However, a minute later the hosts took the lead. Seanan Cluclas rose highest at the back post to head a corner-kick into the corner of the net.

 

In an attempt to get back into the game, Gavin Taggart replaced Ralph Kottoy in the centre of midfield.

 

The ‘Gers almost had the equaliser as Paddy McNally connected with an Eamon McAllister free-kick, but the centre-half sent his header wide of the mark.

 

At the other end, Swifts substitute Ryan Mayse sent a low effort just past the post.

 

The visitor’s final substitution saw Aaron Smyth make way for Andrew Mooney as Carrick pushed for a goal.

 

With the game in its final 10 minutes, Cormac Burke came close to doubling his team’s lead as his low shot was tipped past the post by Doherty.

 

Substitute Anau almost found the equaliser as he cut in from the left and unleashed a low strike towards the near corner which trickled just wide.

 

On the 89th minute Dungannon sealed the victory with their second goal. A swift counter-attacking move saw Mayse send Burke through one-on-one, and he made no mistake as he fired past Doherty to round off a disappointing day at the office for the ‘Gers.

 

Carrick Rangers: Doherty; Chapman, McNally, Larmour, Smyth; McAllister, Surgenor, Kottoy, Hassin; J. Smith, Henderson.

 

Unused substitutes: Edgar, M. Smith.

updated: 09 April 2018
NEXT FIXTURE
v



RECENT RESULTS
09/05/2018v Newry City(H)POL1-3more
04/05/2018v Newry City(A)POL2-3more
28/04/2018v Warrenpoint Town(A)DBPW3-2more
21/04/2018v Glentoran(A)DBPW2-1more
17/04/2018v Ballinamallard United(A)DBPL1-2more
LEAGUE TABLE

 TeamPldWDLFAPts
 Crusaders 38 28 7 3 106 3891
 Coleraine 38 26 11 1 76 3189
 Glenavon 38 19 12 7 85 5269
 Linfield 38 20 7 11 72 4667
 Cliftonville 38 20 5 13 68 4565
 Glentoran 38 14 9 15 52 5251
 Ballymena United 38 14 6 18 53 6548
 Dungannon Swifts 38 13 6 19 42 6245
 Ards 38 12 4 22 42 7440
 Warrenpoint Town 38 8 6 24 52 8630
 Carrick Rangers 38 6 5 27 31 7823
 Ballinamallard United 38 5 8 25 39 8923