Irish Cup finalists had the first opportunity of the afternoon through Ryan Campbell,
however he sent his shot from the edge of the area over the bar.
minutes later, ‘Gers forward Stewart Nixon sent a low shot just past the
Mallards almost broke the deadlock after 25 minutes as they counter-attacking
following a Carrick corner, and Campbell went close again as his lobbed effort
beat Liam McAuley but bounced just wide.
the other end, Reece Neale delivered a great cross into the box and Caolin
Coyle was just inches away from making a connection at the back post.
good run from Sean McEvoy saw him create himself an opening as he curled a shot
just past the upright.
the 42nd minute, Harry McConkey’s men broke the deadlock. A
combination of strength and skill saw Campbell get past a number of defenders
and get into a one-on-one position and stoke the ball into the net.
a minute before the break, an off the ball incident saw Joshua McIlwaine receive
a straight red card from referee Chris Morrison.
the start of the first half, Lee Chapman replaced Caolan Loughran as the home
side changed their shape.
after the hour mark, Campbell had a great chance to double his tally for the
day however he sent a powerful strike past the post.
minutes later, Rangers grabbed an equaliser. A mistake from goalkeeper John
Connolly saw him gift the ball to Nixon who stroked the ball into the empty
moments later, Niall Currie’s side grabbed the winning goal. Michael Smith fed
the ball to the on running Coyle who turned before curling the ball into the
substitutions saw Jake McNeill replace Stewart Nixon and Kyle McCauley take the
place of Michael Smith as the hosts held on for the three points.
XI: McAuley; Rodgers, Surgenor, Loughran (Chapman, 52); Coyle, Anderson,
McDermott, Neale; Nixon (McNeill, 80); Adamczyk, Smith (McCauley, 89).
substitutes: Magill, Turk.