Glentoran 1-1 Carrick Rangers
Lee Chapman’s first Carrick Rangers goal earned the East Antrim side a point against Gary Haveron’s Glentoran at The Oval.

Mark Surgenor had the first effort of the afternoon, sending his long range free-kick high and wide.


Centre-half Denver Gage then found himself unmarked at a corner-kick, but when Ben Roy’s delivery picked him out he headed high over the bar.


Moments later Andrew Mooney crossed low to Roy, but the former Dundela man saw his shot blocked.


The East Belfast side then counter-attacked and won a corner, from which former ‘Gers player Marcus Kane sent a header wide.


Marksman Curtis Allen tried his luck soon after as he curled an effort past Harry Doherty’s post.


With half an hour played Paddy McNally had a great chance as he headed Roy’s corner towards goal however Elliot Morris was alert to tip the ball away.


Ex-Rangers man Tiarnan McNicholl then missed a golden chance as John McGuigan pulled the ball back to him inside the box, but the midfielder sent his effort over the bar.


On the 40th minute, the hosts took the lead. Ross Redman was afforded too much time to run down the left-flank and into the box, firing into the bottom corner; taking a narrow lead into half-time.


David McAlinden’s team talk at the interval worked wonders as only a minute after the game re-started, Mark Edgar’s pinpoint cross was headed home by Lee Chapman, giving Morris no chance.


Two substitutes were to follow for Rangers, as Aaron Smyth firstly replaced Stuart McMullan before Martin Maybin came on for Ben Roy.


As the game approached its final 20 minutes, McNally had another good chance as he headed Edgar’s free-kick just wide.


Glentoran captain Kane then hit a clean strike from distance which was well held by the diving Doherty.


Carrick’s final substitution saw Chris Morrow replace Gavin Taggart for a re-shuffle in the middle of the park.


Maybin then did very well down the right wing to cross low towards the lurking Mooney, but Callum Birney was on hand to cut out the danger.


It finished a 1-1 draw between the sides, in what was another encouraging performance and positive result for David McAlinden and his troops.


Carrick Rangers: Doherty; Chapman, McMullan (Smyth, 49), Gage, McNally, Edgar; Surgenor, Clarke, Taggart (Morrow, 77); Mooney, Roy (Maybin, 66).


Unused substitutes: Trussell, Malone.

updated: 19 August 2017

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