Carrick Rangers 3-0 Dergview
A free-flowing second half performance which saw the ‘Gers net on three occasions against Dergview saw the East Antrim side advance to the third round of the Bet McLean League Cup.

Eamon McAllister created the first opportunity of the evening as he floated his corner towards the near post where Stuart McMullan flicked a header just wide of the mark.

McAllister continued to threaten as he marvellously skipped past three Dergview defenders to get into the box but his low shot was held by visiting ‘keeper Stefan McCusker.

With quarter of an hour played, Andrew Mooney raced clear of the away defence to bear down on goal, however he failed to pull the trigger allowing McCusker to scoop the ball away.

Garth Falconer then tried his luck for the Darragh Park outfit as he let fly from distance; his effort sailing narrowly over Harry Doherty’s bar.

Full-back Mark Edgar provided a constant threat from long throws, with Denver Gage getting on the end of one but only able to flick the ball into McCusker’s hands.

Some lovely passing football from the ‘Gers then crafted an opportunity for Martin Maybin however his goalward shot was blocked.

Edgar delivered a free-kick to the far post soon after where McMullan headed the ball back across goal towards Maybin, but McCusker thwarted the danger as he came out quickly to gather.

McMullan was the focal point of another set play moments later as McAllister’s free-kick was headed towards the centre-half by Denver Gage, however his close-range header was tipped over the bar by the alert McCusker.

At the other end, Doherty had to be quick on his feet to save Robert Godfrey’s fierce strike from outside the area.

Midfielder Chris Morrow then sent a long ball forward towards Maybin who got on the end of it, sending a header wide of the post.

As the first half entered its final stages, McAllister cut in from the wing and sent a shot towards goal, but it was easily collected by McCusker.

Falconer had the final chance of the half as he stood over a free-kick, but he blasted his effort out of the ground which ensured it was scoreless at the break.

The second half got off to a bang as only three minutes after the game re-started, Rangers took the lead. McAllister finally got the assist his creative work deserved as his cross from the right was stabbed into the net by Mooney.

Richard Clarke’s men looked for an immediate response, however Matthew Buchanan’s free-kick whistled wide of the post.

Some wonderful skill and hold up play from Maybin down the right side saw him get past a couple of defenders, but his attempted pull back to Ben Roy was cut out.

Edgar looked to grab his first goal for the club as he opted to shoot instead of cross from a long-range free-kick; his audacious effort going just over the bar.

Morrow then tried to better his teammate’s attempt with an effort of his own that clipped off the underside of the bar, with McCusker collecting the loose ball

Lee Chapman replaced Aaron Smyth soon after in Carrick’s first substitution of the evening.

Only seconds later, the ‘Gers scored their second of the evening. Edgar overlapped Roy on the left side and received the ball from his teammate before sending an inviting cross to the near post where Maybin’s first time, side-footed volley doubled the hosts’ advantage.

Edgar then looked to go from provider to scorer as he cut inside from the left and fired an effort from distance which forced McCusker to tip the ball over the bar.

As the game entered its last twenty minutes, Fra Rice replaced Gavin Taggart in the middle of the park whilst Michael Smith came on for Ben Roy in left midfield.

Mooney then raced through once again to go one-on-one with the ‘keeper, however this time a timely block from a Dergview defender stopped the youngster from grabbing his second.

With one minute of normal time remaining in the game, Rangers added a third. Another superb cross from Edgar was once again met by Maybin, who headed in his second to confirm a deserved 3-0 victory for the ‘Gers.


Carrick Rangers: Doherty; Smyth (Chapman, 65), Gage, McMullan, Edgar; McAllister, Taggart (Rice, 71), Morrow, Roy (Smith, 75); Maybin, Mooney.

Unused substitutes: McKenna, Trussell.

updated: 29 August 2017
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