‘Gers had the first opportunity of the afternoon after ten minutes as the ball
fell to Guillaume Keke inside the area, as the striker swivelled and sent a low
strike just wide of the post.
Cherry then played a delightful ball into the path of Lee Chapman who was
bearing down on goal, but ‘Point ‘keeper Berraat Turker was off his line quickly
to smother the wing-back’s effort.
both sides battled out the remainder of the half, neither were able to carve
out any real notable opportunities and as such the deadlock remained unbroken
at half time.
than ten minutes following the kick-off of the second half, Rangers were
awarded a penalty following a foul on William Faulkner in the penalty area.
Stewart Nixon was tasked with converting from twelve yards, however his shot
was saved by Turker to ensure the game remained goalless.
the other end, Aaron Hogg had to be alert to push over a fierce strike from
winger Eamon Scannell.
chances few and far between for Niall Currie’s men as their opponents looked to
hold on for a point, the ‘Gers gaffer made a number of changes as Michael Smith
firstly replaced Guillaume Keke before Lloyd Anderson came on for William Faulkner
and finally Kyle Cherry made way for Liam Hassin.
substitutions proved worthwhile as, just as the game entered its final minute,
a Nixon cross from the left found Anderson who rose highest and glanced the
ball into the corner of the net to spark jubilant scenes at Taylors Avenue and
give Carrick Rangers all three points.
Rangers: Hogg; Ferrin, Surgenor, Rodgers; Chapman, Kelly, Cherry (Hassin, 78),
Thompson; Faulkner (Anderson, 75); Nixon, Keke (Smith, 64).
substitutes: McAuley, Carson, Neale, Loughran.