With only nine minutes on the clock, Norman Kelly’s men took the lead. Ross Arthurs got the better of Chris Rodgers on the left flank before crossing for Luckas Gwiazda to nod the ball past Aaron Hogg from close range.
The ‘Gers almost hit back immediately as Gary Warwick’s corner was headed back across goal by Rodgers, but Daniel Kelly was only able to head over the bar.
Reece Neale then tried his luck with a left-footed strike from outside the box, however it was easily collected by visiting ‘keeper Ryan Brown.
Niall Currie’s side continued to look for an equaliser as Lee Chapman’s cross found Kelly who headed directly into Brown’s hands.
Gwiazda nearly grabbed his second as Chris Morrow headed the ball into his path from a David Graham corner, but his powerful strike was accidently blocked by his teammate Craig Harris in what was the final action of the first half.
At the start of the second half, Rangers made two changes as Martin Murray and Lloyd Anderson replaced Michael Smith and Chris Rodgers.
Ten minutes later, the East Antrim men should have been level as Gary Warwick’s brilliant through ball presented Stewart Nixon with a one-on-one, however Brown saved with his legs to deny the striker.
With twenty minutes remaining, the hosts made their last change as Jake Moore came on for Stewart Nixon.
On the 72nd minute, the away side doubled their lead. Some slack defending from Carrick gifted possession to the Welders, as Arthurs’ shot was deflected into the path of Scott Davidson who poked the ball past Hogg.
Just two minutes later, however, the ‘Gers pulled a goal back. Warwick’s corner-kick was met by Kelly who this time directed his header past Brown and into the back of the net.
But it only took a matter of minutes before the East Belfast side re-stored their two goal advantage. Graham picked out Charlie Dornan who flicked the ball into the path of the on-running Morrow who rifled the ball into the bottom corner from just outside the area.
Caolan Loughran then tried his luck from distance with a powerful strike, which had to be tipped past the post by Brown.
Two of Rangers’ substitutes combined soon after as Moore found the run of Murray with a great through ball, however the latter was unable to find a way past Brown in the Welders goal.
Graham threatened soon after for the away side; his powerful strike from distance having to be palmed away by Hogg.
On the 86th minute, HW Welders added a fourth. A lack of communication between Loughran and Neale saw Gwiazda pounce on the loose ball and find Davidson who took it past his man and picked his spot in the bottom corner to conclude proceedings in what was a poor day at the office for the ‘Gers.
Carrick Rangers: Hogg; Rodgers (Anderson, 46), Brennan, Loughran; Chapman, McDermott, Kelly, Neale; Warwick; Nixon (Moore, 69), Smith (Murray, 46).
Unused substitutes: McCauley, Gage.