Kyle Cherry (40)
Daniel Kelly (56)

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Kyle Cherry opened the scoring for Carrick (©INPHO/Jonathan Porter)

CHERRY AND KELLY ON TARGET FOR RANGERS

Goals from Kyle Cherry and Daniel Kelly helped Carrick Rangers defeat Ballymena United at The Showgrounds.

After an uneventful opening to the game the first effort fell to Leroy Millar midway through the first half when he connected with a corner from the right only to hook the ball over from the edge of the six yard box.

Ballymena continued to look the more likely to find a way through with Jonathan Addis getting the into the area with the ball eventually falling for Joe McCready but his goalbound effort was blocked by Daniel Magill.

But Carrick came into the game more with Darren Murray having a chance inside the area while, at the other end, Steven McCullough unleashed a great effort from outside the box but Harry Doherty was equal to the threat.

However, on 40 minutes, Cherry opened the scoring for the visitors with a header into the top left corner after Murray had delivered a perfect cross from the right.

Cherry then turned provider on 56 minutes when his free-kick from distance found Kelly who, unmarked, was able to head home Carrick's second of the afternoon.

And Carrick might have had a third. Cherry again found Murray but his knock on for Alex Gawne failed to produce dividends with the home defence eventually clearing the danger.

Ballymena United: Ross Glendinnng, Addis, Whiteside, Friel, Knowles, McCullough, McCready, McGrory, Winchester, Millar, Owens subs T. Kane, K. Kane, Burns, Balmer, Reece Glendinning, Kelly, Lavery

Carrick Rangers: Doherty, Neale, Surgenor, Loughran, Chapman, D. Kelly, Magill, Cherry, Murray, Gawne, Anderson subs Nicholl, Carson, Faulkner, Hassin, Reynolds, Colligan, Hoy

Referee: Ian McNabb

Attendance: 1039