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Richard Gibson (Picture: Tony Hendron/


A HAT-TRICK from Richard Gibson on his competitive debut and goals from Nathan McConnell, Anto Lagan and Adam Dick saw all four Carrick Rangers strikers open their accounts for the season.

With Rangers piling on the pressure, the deadlock was broken after 34 minutes when Gibson headed in a Ryan Burns cross.

Seven minutes later, Gibson held the ball up superbly before turning sharply to volley past William Hassan from twelve yards and he completed his hat-trick in the 47th minute.

Coagh threatened to spark a revival on 52 minutes with a Jason Gillespie penalty but a Davidson-inspired Carrick continued to attack.

Ten minutes from the end, Lagan smashed in from 16 yards and McConnell finished well minutes later.

Adam Dick was sent through and calmly stroked the ball past Hassan to complete the rout.

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