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Danske Bank Premiership

Ards 0 Carrick Rangers 4

Two goals in each half gave Carrick Rangers victory at Bangor Fuels Arena.

Early chances for Carrick Rangers were well saved by Aaron Hogg however he was unable to stop former Ards player, Eamon McAllister from scoring after a quarter of an hour. McAllister scored from close range after the original shot from Daniel Kelly was saved.

The best chance for Ards came from debutant Josh Doherty. Doherty picked up the ball on the left and with space, shot from distance. The effort was tipped over the bar by Neeson in the Carrick net.

Carrick Rangers extended their lead on thirty five minutes. An Eamon McAllister corner was cleared by Friars, only to Sean Noble on the edge of the area. Noble shot through a crowded area and past Hogg to give the visitors the advantage at half time.

At the beginning of the second half, Ards had chances to half the visitors lead however Carl McComb and Kyle Cherry were unable to finish the chances.

An hour gone, Carrick Rangers found space on the right to cross the ball to O’Brien at the back post who headed towards goal. The attempt was cleared on the line by Friars but Adam Salley was in place to score and extend the visitors lead further.

With a quarter of an hour left to play, Carrick Rangers found space again in the Ards defence. O’Brien made his way into the area and was brought down by Johnny Taylor. A penalty was awarded and scored by Murray who sent Hogg the wrong way.

The win for Carrick Rangers reduces the gap between the teams to nine points.

4th February 2017


18 Aaron Hogg, 25 Emmet Friars (capt.), 3 Michael Ruddy, 5 Johnny Taylor, 41 Kevin Bradley, 6 David McCullough, 16 Gareth Tommons, 17 Carl McComb, 44 Rory Carson, 20 Kyle Cherry, 43 Josh Doherty


11 David McAllister (for McCullough 62), 19 Guillaume Keke (for McComb 70), 21 Callum Byers, 27 Gerard McMullan, 42 Matthew Shevlin (for Bradley 46)


Steven Gregg


Cherry (76)