Glentoran 1-2 Carrick Rangers
A second half comeback at The Oval courtesy of goals from Lee Chapman and Eamon McAllister resulted in a massive three points for Carrick in the relegation battle.

It was Ronnie McFall’s side who had the first opportunity of the sunny afternoon as Curtis Allen found himself in space in the box, but he placed his low shot past the post.

 

Attacking midfielder John McGuigan then tried his luck as he fired a half-volley into the terraces from outside the area.

 

The Glens kept up the pressure as Callum Birney latched onto a loose ball just yards from goal only to smash his shot over the bar.

 

At the other end, Eamon McAllister picked out Darren Henderson whose mishit shot found Lee Chapman; the right-sided midfielder firing past the post from inside the box.

 

With half an hour gone, the hosts opened the scoring. A McGuigan corner was flicked into the path of James Ferrin who had the easy task of nodding in on the line to give the East Belfast men a slender lead at the break.

 

Five minutes after the second half kicked-off, Michael Smith replaced Brendan Glackin in attack.

 

Only three minutes later, the ‘Gers were level. Henderson’s volley from outside the box was pushed out by Elliot Morris and Chapman was quickest to react; hammering the ball into the roof of the net from close range.

 

And ten minutes later, Rangers took the lead. Good work from Smith down the right saw the ball eventually make its was to McAllister who coolly tucked it into the far corner.

 

It was nearly three soon after as Chapman’s low shot was tipped past the post by Morris, but Henderson was flagged offside in the move.

 

Two further substitutes were to follow for Rangers in the final minutes as Chris Morrow first replaced Darren Henderson before Eamon McAllister made way for Daniel Larmour to ensure that David McAlinden’s side returned to Taylors Avenue with a vital three points which sees them return to 11th place on goal difference ahead of next week’s final league game away to Warrenpoint Town.

 

Carrick Rangers: Doherty; Smyth, McNally, McNulty, Edgar; Chapman, Kottoy, Hassin, McAllister (Larmour, 90+2); Glackin (Smith, 51), Henderson (Morrow, 89).

 

Unused substitutes: Taggart, Anau.

updated: 21 April 2018
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LEAGUE TABLE

 TeamPldWDLFAPts
 Crusaders 38 28 7 3 106 3891
 Coleraine 38 26 11 1 76 3189
 Glenavon 38 19 12 7 85 5269
 Linfield 38 20 7 11 72 4667
 Cliftonville 38 20 5 13 68 4565
 Glentoran 38 14 9 15 52 5251
 Ballymena United 38 14 6 18 53 6548
 Dungannon Swifts 38 13 6 19 42 6245
 Ards 38 12 4 22 42 7440
 Warrenpoint Town 38 8 6 24 52 8630
 Carrick Rangers 38 6 5 27 31 7823
 Ballinamallard United 38 5 8 25 39 8923