Smith got his afternoon off to a quick start as he found space in the box after only a minute, but he directed his header wide of the post.
Ten minutes later, Craig McMillen’s cross from the left flank found Smith who side-footed past the mark.
On the 18th minute, Smith got the goal that his play deserved. A quick throw-in from Stewart Nixon played the forward through on goal and he kept his nerve to find the bottom corner.
At the other end, a Tiarnan McNicholl cross found Zach Barr but the striker headed over the bar.
It was almost 2-0 to the ‘Gers minutes later as a Knockbreda defender’s attempted clearance ricocheted off his own post, but to the home side’s relief it went out for a corner.
Aaron Hogg was then called into action as he was forced to make a diving save to push a header past the post.
In the final action of the first half, McMillen produced some great play down the right before crossing to find the unmarked Nixon, however the striker failed to connect with ball as Niall Currie’s men took a one goal lead in at the break.
Rangers started the second half brightly as a long-range effort from Nixon just skimmed the crossbar.
On the 55th minute, the Taylors Avenue outfit added their second. McMillen teed up Smith for a similar goal to his first as he again beat Dean Smyth to find the bottom corner.
Smith nearly had his hat-trick soon after as he burst into the box, but his shot was put out for a corner.
It was then Nixon’s turn to go close as he was played through on goal, but he wasn’t able to add the third as Knockbreda managed to clear.
On the 73rd minute, Martin Murray replaced Craig McMillen in Carrick’s first change of the afternoon.
The home side continued to press as Ryan Newberry’s cross was met by Jordan Baker however Hogg comfortably collected his header.
Daniel Kelly nearly scored on his return to the Club with five minutes to go as he met Nixon’s low cross however his shot was straight at ‘keeper Smyth.
With three minutes to go, Paul McDowell and Tre Sterling replaced Stewart Nixon and Michael Smith respectively.
In the final action of the afternoon, Hogg maintained his clean sheet as he made a close range save to deny Patrick Cafolla and wrap up three well deserved points for the ‘Gers.
Carrick Rangers: Hogg; Brennan, Rodgers, Gage; McCauley, McMillen (Murray, 73), Surgenor, Kelly, Neale; Nixon (McDowell, 87), Smith (Sterling, 87).