PREVIEW: Carrick Rangers vs Portadown
All roads lead to the Loughshore Hotel Arena tomorrow afternoon as Carrick Rangers host Portadown in a crucial clash at the foot of the table.

As things stand, the ‘Gers sit 11th-placed, and hold an 11-point gap over the Shamrock Park side who find themselves in last position. If Niall Currie is going to keep his hometown side in the country’s top division then he’ll need nothing less than three points from this meeting, while Rangers will be eager to ensure the Mid Ulster side don’t claw back the gap.

 

Recently both sides have suffered losses in the league, as Carrick fell to a 3-0 defeat at the home of Champions Crusaders last Saturday, whilst Ballymena United also came out 3-0 victorious at home to Portadown.

 

Portadown will have to do without centre-half Ken Oman for today’s game after he was red carded last week. Oman has received a further two match ban for his sending off, and so will also miss the clash between these sides on the 8th April.

 

Looking at statistics would favour today’s visitors to end up on the better end of the result, as the ‘Gers have failed to beat them in the last 6 meetings between the sides, as Portadown have picked up 4 wins and 2 draws.

 

The last time that Rangers were victorious over the basement side came just over 5 years ago when they recorded a 3-1 victory at Seaview. Current Portadown striker Shane Dolan fired his former employers in front from 12 yards following a foul on Paul Heatley, before Ian West’s header doubled the advantage. The Ports halved the deficit thanks to Garry Breen but a thunderbolt strike from David Bell ensured that Carrick claimed all three points.

 

There was nothing to separate these two sides when they last met; Adam Salley skilfully slotted underneath Chris McGaughey before Eoin Kirwan pounced on a save from Brian Neeson.

 

As always, you can pick up your copy of Rangers Review for £2 today, it includes comments from Callaghan and Surgenor, match report from Crusaders, an updated look at Gazza’s Statz, Chester’s Chants and much, much more!

 

Today is our biggest game of the season, with the opportunity to go 14 points clear of both Portadown and automatic relegation. We need YOUR support as our 12th man today and back the team from the first whistle to the last.

 

Kick-off is at 3PM, with the normal admission prices of £10 for adults and £7 for concessions. A reminder also that both season tickets and colts passes are VALID for this game! Other than that, we’ll see you at the Loughshore Hotel Arena at 3PM. COME ON YOU ‘GERS!

updated: 18 March 2017
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LEAGUE TABLE

 TeamPldWDLFAPts
 Linfield 38 27 8 3 87 2489
 Crusaders 38 27 6 5 83 3687
 Coleraine 38 18 11 9 56 4265
 Ballymena United 38 18 5 15 74 7359
 Cliftonville 38 17 7 14 55 5058
 Dungannon Swifts 38 14 10 14 67 5952
 Glenavon 38 13 13 12 55 5552
 Ards 38 13 8 17 61 7047
 Glentoran 38 12 10 16 45 5346
 Ballinamallard United 38 10 5 23 45 7235
 Carrick Rangers 38 5 7 26 31 7822
 Portadown 38 7 4 27 28 7513