The first opportunity of the afternoon fell to Lloyd Anderson as he raced through on goal but his strike from outside the area was gathered by Gareth Buchannan.
On the 37th minute, the ‘Gers broke the deadlock. Loughgall failed to clear their lines following a corner-kick, with the loose ball eventually breaking to Daniel Kelly who made no mistake as he rifled it into the roof of the net.
Five minutes later, Martin Murray went close as he fired a shot over the crossbar from inside the area.
Murray then picked out the run of Stewart Nixon whose strike found the net via the post, however it was ruled out for offside meaning that the East Antrim side went in with just a one goal margin at the interval.
Following the break, the hosts looked for their equaliser as Nathaniel Ferris sent a low shot wide of the post from outside the area.
On the 69th minute, the Villagers levelled proceedings. Aaron Hogg was deemed to have fouled a Loughgall player in the box, and Peter Campbell took the penalty kick and made no mistake, sending the ‘keeper the wrong way.
Two minutes later, referee Christopher Morrison made another big call, sending off Rangers player Martin Murray for a tackle on the halfway line.
Michael Smith then replaced Lee Chapman as the away side looked to freshen things up going into the last twenty minutes.
Soon after, Nixon had a great opportunity to restore his side’s lead as he was played through one-on-one, but he was unable to find a way past Buchanan.
Dean Smith’s men almost took the lead on the 83rd minute as David McCullough’s effort looped over the head of Hogg only for it to crash off the crossbar.
At the other end, a low effort from Caolan Loughran was held by Buchanan.
A final substitution was made in the closing minutes as Gary Warwick replaced Stewart Nixon with the game finishing even; another point for Niall Currie’s men in their search for a top six place.
Carrick Rangers: Hogg; Rodgers, Surgenor, Loughran; Chapman (Smith, 73), Anderson, McDermott, Neale; Murray (Red Card, 71); Kelly, Nixon (Warwick, 90).
Unused substitutes: Brennan, McCauley, Moore.