Glentoran 0-1 Carrick Rangers
A comfortable yet professional performance from Carrick Rangers on Tuesday night ensured their progression in the Bet McLean League Cup.

Glentoran midfielder James Knowles had the first chance of the night; wasting a free-kick from distance.


Rangers then crafted an opening of their own as Ben Roy was unleashed down the left before sending a cross to the back post where Andrew Mooney side-footed just wide.


A Mark Edgar free-kick was then sent back across the face of goal by Denver Gage but with the net gaping, there was no-one on hand to tap in.


At the other end Curtis Allen took a shot from the 18-yard line which was palmed away by the alert Harry Doherty.


Moments later Mooney skipped in from the flank and let fly, however his shot fizzed well over the bar.


As the half entered its final few minutes Edgar looked to have scored as he struck a free-kick which was destined for the top corner, only for Dwayne Nelson to make a great diving save to deny the full-back and make sure it stayed scoreless at the break.


Gary Haveron’s men started the brighter after the interval as Steven Gordon was sent through, but Doherty prevailed from the one-on-one as he made a smart save.


Chris Morrow then replaced Mark Clarke in the centre of midfield.


Edgar tried his luck from distance soon after, again from a free-kick, with Nelson pushing his low drive past the post.


On the 65th minute, however, Edgar finally got his goal. It was 3rd time lucky from the ‘dead ball’ as the defender curled a free-kick from the edge of the area into the net.


Former Carrick player Tiarnan McNicholl looked to snatch an equaliser for the hosts as he volleyed the ball towards goal, forcing Doherty into a superb diving save to tip the ball over the bar.


With 10 minutes left Mooney found himself on the receiving end of a nasty tackle which saw the forward stretchered off and replaced by Sean Green.


Doherty had to again be alert minutes later as he pushed away Allen’s close-range effort, and that was to be the last of the action in a deserved win for David McAlinden and his men.


Carrick Rangers: Doherty, Smyth, Gage, McMullan, Edgar, Chapman, Surgenor, Clarke (Morrow, 54), Roy, Smith, Mooney (Green, 81).


Unused substitutes: Rice, Hassin, Malone.

updated: 11 October 2017

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