Martin Murray (41)
Patrick McNally (45)


Guillaume Keke (03)
Guillaume Keke (39)


TJ Murray and Kyle Cherry in action (Picture: Freddie Parkinson/


Two goals just before the break earned Carrick Rangers a share of the spoils to edge a little further away from automatic relegation.

Aaron Callaghan's side just need another point from their remaining three games to ensure a place in the play-offs and consign Portadown to a spell in the Championship.

Guillaume Keke fired Ards into the lead as early as the third minute with a volley into the bottom corner after the ball was punched out to the edge of the area.

Keke then made it 2-0 with six minutes of the first half remaining after his 20-yard effort was deflected beyond Brian Neeson into the bottom corner.

However, Ards stormed back to go in at half-time on level terms.

Martin Murray reduced the deficit on 41 minutes with a neat finish after a one-two while, four minutes after that, Paddy McNally sent a bullet header past Aaron Hogg from a corner.

Neither side managed to find a way through after the break with Steven McCullough perhaps coming closest with a long range effort over the bar.

Carrick Rangers: Neeson, Chapman, Smyth, McVey, McNally, Rice, M. Murray, McCullough, T.J. Murray, O'Brien, Elder subs Noble (replaced Elder 76), Kelly (replaced Chapman 82), Quigley (not used), Morrow (not used), Taggart (not used)

Ards: Hogg, Bradley, Byers, Taylor, Doherty, McMillen, Tommons, Cherry, McAllister, Keke, Shevlin subs Liggett (replaced Shevlin 74), McMullan (not used), Hughes (not used), Mitchell (replaced McMillen 87), Arthurs (not used)

Referee: Lee Tavinder

Attendance: 253

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