Daniel Kelly scored twice for Carrick Rangers (Picture: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye.com)
Saturday, 03 November 2018
Two goals apiece from Michael Smith and Daniel Kelly handed Carrick Rangers victory over Ballyclare Comrades at Dixon Park.
The visitors were quickly off the mark, opening the scoring after three minutes. They won a free-kick in a central position, some 22 yards from goal. Michael Smith stepped up and hit a fine strike over the wall and past young debutant keeper Ben Fry.
Comrades were soon back on level terms. On eight minutes Adam Gray produced a superb run through the middle, before linking up with Jamie Willighan in the box, receiving a return pass and firing low into the net from 11 yards.
In the 20th minute Carrick hit the front again. Dean Youle was punished for a challenge in the box and Smith stepped up to convert from the penalty spot.
Comrades conceded another penalty in the 35th minute. This time it was Curtis Woods whose challenge in the box was deemed a foul. Smith stepped up to take the spot kick, but Ben Fry made an excellent save. However Daniel Kelly was able to score from the rebound.
Kelly got his second goal in the 63rd minute, to seal the victory for Carrick, when he headed in from a Reece Neale corner.
Both sides ended the game with ten men when Dean Youle and Martin Murray were dismissed by referee in the 73rd minute for violent conduct.
Ballyclare Comrades: Fry, Woods, McQuitty, Dobbin, Willighan, Kane, Gray, Tully, Robinson, Youle, Donnelly subs Crane (replaced Tully 48), McIlveen (not used), Johnston (replaced McQuitty 67), Kirk (replaced Donnelly 85), Brown (not used)
Carrick Rangers: Hogg, Chapman, Neale, Surgenor, Rodgers, Loughran, Anderson, McDermott, Kelly, Nixon, Smith subs Brennan (not used), Murray (replaced Smith 66), Warwick (replaced Nixon 76), McMillen (replaced Anderson 85)
Referee: Diarmuid Harrigan