It took just three minutes for Tiernan Lynch’s side to break the deadlock. Ben Tilney fired a low delivery to the near post where Martin Donnelly had the easiest jobs of poking the ball home.
Tilney was again the home side’s creative outlet soon after as he fed the ball through to Lee Lynch, but the midfielder dragged his shot past the post.
On the 40th minute, the Inver Park men added their second. Donnelly was brought down by ‘keeper Aaron Hogg in the penalty area with referee Peter McGrath not hesitating to point to the spot. David McDaid took on the responsibility from 12 yards and sent Hogg the wrong way to double his side’s lead as they went in at the break.
At the start of the second half, Donnelly squared the ball to McDaid who looked set to score again, only for a superb sliding challenge from centre-half Caolan Loughran to clear the danger.
As Rangers looked to get back in the game, substitutions saw Jake McNeill replace Ashton McDermott, Caolin Coyle take the place of Denver Gage and Lewis Houston make his debut in place of Craig McMillen.
With 25 minutes remaining, Larne scored their third. Tilney was again the creator, cutting in from the left wing and drilling a cross to the back post where McDaid’s shot found the back of the net with the help of the post.
McDaid nearly grabbed his hat-trick minutes later as he raced through one-on-one only to be denied by a good save from Hogg.
The ‘Gers shot-stopper then had to be alert to hold Fuad Sule’s strike from the edge of the area.
In the final minute of action, a Benny Igiehon strike from outside the area found the corner of the net to round off proceedings at Inver Park.
Carrick Rangers: Hogg; Rodgers, Gage (Coyle, 54), Loughran; McCauley, McDermott (McNeill, 54), Anderson, Neale; McMillen (Houston, 61); Adamczyk, Strain.
Unused substitutes: McDowell.