the game only just kicked-off, it was the ‘Gers who got on the front foot as
Stewart Nixon’s corner-kick picked out Daniel Kelly who sent his header over
later, another corner-kick, this time from Reece Neale, broke to Chris Rodgers
but the centre-half sent his side-footed shot high of the mark.
twenty minutes, a short back-pass from the visiting defence was pounced upon by
Nixon who rounded ‘keeper Rohan Ferguson yet could only send his shot into the side-netting.
was Nixon who continued to pester the Blues, as he then drilled a powerful
free-kick just wide of the top corner.
what proved to be the last kick of the first half, the away side took the lead.
A lapse in concentration in the ‘Gers backline saw Niall Quinn skip past
numerous challenges before sending a low shot past Aaron Hogg and into the
bottom corner to give the Windsor Park side the half-time advantage.
the interval, Quinn nearly grabbed a brace as his sweetly struck shot from a Shayne
Lavery lay-off crashed off the crossbar.
McGivern was then the next to try his luck, as he broke forward from defence
and had his powerful strike pushed away by Hogg.
Hassin then replaced Lloyd Anderson on the hour mark as Rangers freshened up
their midfield options.
after, a Michael Smith cross from the right-wing found Reece Neale who send his
effort agonisingly wide of the post.
66 minutes, Linifeld made it 2-0. James Ferrin conceded a free-kick to the left
of the penalty area and Kirk Millar stepped up to thump a powerful strike into
the top corner.
Keke and Caolan Loughran then replaced Michael Smith and James Ferrin
respectively as the hosts looked for a way back into the game.
fifteen minutes remaining, David Healy’s men added a third. Millar turned from scorer
to provider as his set-piece to the back post found the unmarked Mark Stafford
to power home a header past the helpless Hogg to round off a wet and windy
night in Carrickfergus.
XI: Hogg; Ferrin (Loughran, 72), Surgenor, Loughran; Chapman, Faulkner, D.
Kelly, Neale; Anderson (Hassin, 60); Nixon, Smith (Keke, 67).
substitutes: McAuley, Carson, Sanusi, McDermott.