a quiet opening twenty minutes, a diagonal ball picked out Joe Gormley who dribbled
into the box and fired a near-post shot which was well saved by Aaron Hogg.
the other end, Reece Neale’s cross found centre-half James Ferrin who sent a
header over the crossbar.
after the half hour mark, William Faulkner went off injured with striker Mark
Kelly taking his place.
McLaughlin’s side then had another half chance, but Ruaidhri Donnelly’s low
strike was held by the resolute Hogg.
final chance in the first half fell to Gormley as he collected the ball in the
box yet only managed to shoot directly at Hogg who held comfortably as the
sides went in level at the break.
North Belfast side thought they had opened the scoring just four minutes after
the interval as Levi Ives’ crisp strike found the net. However, the assistant
referee signalled offside for Gormley who had been deemed to be in an interfering
the away side did find their goal. On the hour mark, a ‘Gers corner was punched
clear by Richard Brush and the Reds launched a counter-attack which was started
and finished off by Chris Curran who swept home Ryan Curran’s square ball from
McDermott then replaced Kyle Cherry who had picked up an injury in the build-up
to Cliftonville’s goal, before the final change saw Adam Gray come on for Lee
Chapman with twenty minutes remaining.
their best efforts, Niall Currie’s men couldn’t draw level as the visitors were
content to defend their lead and leave Carrickfergus with all three points.
Rangers: Hogg; Ferrin, Surgenor, Loughran; Chapman (Gray, 69), Faulkner (M.
Kelly, 32), Cherry (McDermott, 63), Neale; Anderson; Nixon, Smith.
substitutes: McAuley, Carson, Rodgers, Magill.