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Paul Maguire (50)


Richard Gibson ( 2)
Aaron Harmon (89)


Gareth Deane rises highest to punch the ball clear (Picture: John McIlwaine/


CARRICK Rangers performed a smash and grab raid at Inver Park when they defeated Larne 2-1 in a hard-fought derby.

Gary Haveron's side raced into the lead after only 64 minutes. A long clearance from Gareth Deane wasn't dealt with by the home defence allowing Richard Gibson to head past the advancing Dylan McRandal.

The Reds then took control with Paul Maguire forcing a finger-tip save from Deane and Ruairi McClean sending a 35-yard lob just over the bar.

Just after the break substitute Robbie-Lee Crawford missed the proverbial sitter when he turned a Scott Irvine pass over the bar from three yards.

With 50 minutes gone, Larne drew level. Maguire was felled in the corner of the box. The referee pointed to the spot and Maguire dusted himself down to blast the penalty into the net.

With four minutes left Harmon fired in a well-struck free-kick, forcing McRandal, at full stretch, to push the ball out for a corner.

Two minutes later Rangers grabbed the winner. A corner from the left bobbled about in the box. It broke to Gibson who saw his effort hit the upright before Aaron Harmon hammered in the rebound which took a deflection off Irvine as it flew past the keeper into the net.


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