visitors had the first opportunity of the afternoon after five minutes as Lloyd
Anderson set the ball for Craig McMillen, however the attacking midfielder’s
shot curled over the bar.
after, Daniel Kelly tried his luck from outside the area with a finessed effort
but ‘keeper Declan Dunne tipped the shot away.
the 27th minute, the home side broke the deadlock. A long throw-in
from Aaron Duke was flicked on in the box and Martin Bradley was at the back
post to side-foot in.
then went close in the final chance of the half, firing a volley over the bar
from the edge of the area before the sides went in at the interval.
four minutes into the second half, Matthew Tipton’s side doubled their advantage.
Bradley broke free down the left and sent a low delivery across the face of
goal to Adam Salley who made no mistake to find the back of the net.
wasted no time in seeking a reaction, as an immediate double substitution saw Michael
Smith and Caolin Coyle replace Ryan Strain and Chris Rodgers respectively.
Nixon then had a chance to pull a goal back as he picked up a loose ball and
drove into the box, however he sent his shot wide of the post.
just minutes later, Nixon went close to netting again as he this time sent a
powerful volley over the bar from inside the box.
the other end, Chris Lavery raced through on goal, but Aaron Hogg made a vital
save for the ‘Gers when one-on-one.
final substitution for the East Antrim side then saw Ashton McDermott replace
Craig McMillen in midfield.
the 77th minute, the Taylors Avenue outfit halved the deficit. An
inch perfect delivery from Nixon was met by the head of Caolan Loughran who
headed the ball low past the reach of Dunne.
in the first minute of added time, Carrick’s relentless pressure paid off. A
Reece Neale corner-kick found the unmarked Loughran who made no mistake as he
powered his header into the net to the delight of the visiting fans.
full-time whistle signalled a great result for Niall Currie’s men, as they again
showed their now well documented never say die attitude.
Rangers: Hogg; Rodgers (Coyle, 51), Surgenor, Loughran; Chapman, Anderson
Kelly, Neale; McMillen (McDermott, 90+1); Strain (Smith, 51), Nixon.
Unused substitutes: Adamczyk, McCauley.