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
NEXT FIXTURE
Glentoran
v
Carrick Rangers
The Oval, Belfast
Danske Bank Premiership
Friday 24 March 2017, kick off: 7:45pm
RECENT RESULTS
18/03/2017v Portadown(H)DBPW3-2more
11/03/2017v Crusaders(A)DBPL0-3more
25/02/2017v Glenavon(H)DBPD0-0more
18/02/2017v Ballymena United(H)LCL0-2more
11/02/2017v Linfield(H)DBPL0-2more
LEAGUE TABLE

 TeamPldWDLFAPts
 Crusaders 31 23 6 2 68 2575
 Linfield 31 20 8 3 66 2068
 Cliftonville 31 16 6 9 46 3254
 Coleraine 30 15 8 7 45 3053
 Ballymena United 30 16 3 11 62 5951
 Glenavon 31 11 12 8 46 4145
 Dungannon Swifts 31 9 9 13 51 5136
 Ards 31 9 6 16 46 5733
 Glentoran 31 8 9 14 33 4433
 Ballinamallard United 31 8 5 18 33 5829
 Carrick Rangers 32 5 6 21 26 6321
 Portadown 32 5 4 23 23 657