It was the Mallards who had the first opportunity on the day; Warner Mullen’s shot from a tight angle was parried away by ‘keeper Aaron Hogg.
Soon after, a low free-kick from Jason McCartney was routinely collected by Hogg in the away goal.
Reece Neale then picked out Caolan Loughran with a cross from the left, however veteran goalkeeper John Connolly was down quickly to gather the defender’s headed effort.
On the 24th minute, the ‘Gers opened the scoring. Ashton McDermott’s delightful chipped pass played in Martin Murray whose powerful shot was parried by Connolly, with Smith there to tap in the re-bound.
The East Antrim side nearly added a second soon after as Stewart Nixon played a through ball to Smith who rounded Connolly, however Ryan O’Reilly was covering on the line to block the striker’s shot.
On the stroke of half time, Niall Currie’s men scored again. A combination of Murray and Nixon helped to win the ball high up the field and it was Smith who capitalised as he latched on to Reece Neale’s pass to find the net for his second goal of the day.
At the start of the second half, Daniel Kelly replaced Michael Smith in attack as Carrick looked to continue dominating the game.
Some good hold-up play by Mullen saw him create a chance of his own on the edge of the area, but his effort went just over the crossbar.
Richard Clarke then tried his luck from distance, however Hogg was equal to it as he gathered up the shot.
With twenty minutes remaining, Gary Warwick replaced Martin Murray in the ‘Gers midfield.
Nixon had a great chance soon after to make it three for Carrick, but he dragged his shot wide of the mark from inside the area.
Paul McDowell then came on for Lloyd Anderson as the visitors looked to see the game out.
On the 86th minute, referee Gareth Stewart awarded a penalty, deeming that Kyle McCauley had tripped O’Reilly inside the area. Clarke stepped up to send Hogg the wrong way and give some late hope to the ‘Mallards.
However, Niall Currie’s men held on to the final whistle as they picked up another deserved win against tough opposition.
Carrick Rangers: Hogg; Rodgers, Surgenor, Loughran; McCauley, Anderson (McDowell, 80), Murray (Warwick, 72), McDermott, Neale; Nixon, Smith (Kelly, 46).
Unused substitutes: Lowry, Gage.