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Richard Gibson (18)
Aaron Harmon (30)
Richard Gibson (40)
Richard Gibson (73)


Daniel Smith (70)
Christopher Getty (74)


Richard Gibson (Picture: Adam Simpson)


A RICHARD Gibson hat-trick was the highlight of Carrick Rangers' comprehensive 4-2 derby victory over East Antrim rivals Ballyclare Comrades at Taylor's Avenue.

The former Coleraine, Ballymena United and Glentoran man struck after 18 minutes when he connected with a Damien Curran floated delivery to flick a header into the top corner.

Ryan Burns, who had almost opened the scoring a minute earlier, came close again soon after with a chip from just inside the area which skimmed the top of the Comrades crossbar.

However, Carrick did double their lead after half-an-hour through Aaron Harmon with a curling effort after Gibson had touched on an Aaron Smyth pass.

And the Curran-Gibson combination resulted in Carrick's third five minutes before the break. Curran's inswinging freekick was perfect for Gibson to guide home with his head.

Ballyclare reduced the deficit in the 70th minute. Jody Lynch, making his debut on loan from Cliftonville, cleared Chris Trussell's header off the line, before Andrew Doyle's low shot was deflected in by substitute Daniel Smith.

But any hopes of a late comeback were swiftly ended three minutes later when substitute Adam Dick played the ball out left for Gibson to clinically fired across goal to complete his hat-trick.

To their credit, the visitors refused to lie down and another sub, Chris Getty, smashed in off the post in the 74th minute after chaos in the home box.