Mark Edgar (66)

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Mark Edgar chases down Corey McMullan (©INPHO/Matt Mackey)

EDGAR MAKES HIS MARK AT THE OVAL

A Mark Edgar goal midway through the second half gave Carrick Rangers victory over Glentoran at The Oval.

The 20-year-old knocked home what proved to be the only goal of the game on 66 minutes with a well executed free-kick from just outside the area into the top corner beyond the reach of 'keeper Dwayne Nelson.

The game got off to a quiet start. Carrick crafted an early half chance when Ben Roy won possession to tee up Andrew Mooney while it took Glentoran almost half-an-hour to test Harry Doherty when he was called into action to parry away a Curtis Allen effort.

A short time later Edgar saw a header palmed away for a corner with a Mark Clarke effort from the resultant Roy corner went over.

Glentoran looked a better side after the break with Steven Gordon being denied by Doherty early in proceedings while, after falling behind, Gary Haveron's side might have levelled when Tiarnan McNicholl produced a superb save from Doherty.

Glentoran: D. Nelson, Kane, Addis, Kelly, Allen, McMullan, Kerr, McNicholl, Knowles, K. Nelson, Gordon subs Foley (not used), Delaney (replaced Knowles 61), Ferrin (not used), Smith (replaced Gordon 56), McCawl (not used)

Carrick Rangers: Doherty, Smyth, Edgar, Surgenor, Gage, Chapman, McMullan, Smith, Clarke, Mooney, Roy subs Rice (not used), Morrow (replaced Clarke 55), Malone (not used), Green (replaced Mooney 81), Hassin (not used)

Referee: Raymond Hetherington

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