CARRICK BOUNCE BACK WITH TWO EARLY GOALS
Carrick Rangers bounced back from a disappointing weekend to sweep past Coleraine at the Loughview Leisure Arena.
Stuart King's side raced into a two-goal lead with just over a quarter-of-an-hour on the clock.
Kyle Cherry opened the scoring on 14 minutes when, from Kurtis Forsythe's cross, he rose highest to send a looping header over keeper Gareth Deane.
Then, four minutes after that, David Cushley made it 2-0 with a successfully converted spot-kick awarded after Jamie Glackin had upended Cherry just inside the area.
Coleraine looked to claw their way back into the game with an Andy Scott effort on the edge of the area followed by an Aaron Jarvis goalbound effort that was deflected to safety.
At the other end Danny Purkis might have added a third for Carrick on the counter attack but was denied by a fine reaction save from Deane.
Coleraine's evening got worse just short of the hour mark when they were reduced to ten men following Glackin's challenge on Cherry for which he received his second caution of the game.
On what was a frustrating night for the Bannsiders there was almost a small crumb of comfort late in the game when Graham Kelly sent the ball just wide after connecting with Lee Lynch's corner.
Carrick Rangers: Ross Glendinning, Forsythe, Stewart, Watson, Cushley, Mitchell, Buchanan-Rolleston, Crowe, Cherry, Purkis, Tilney subs McCauley, Surgenor, McGuckin, Maciulaitis, Montgomery, Andrews, Reece Glendinning
Coleraine: Deane, Kane, D. Jarvis, Kelly, A. Jarvis, McKendry, McDaid, O'Donnell, Glackin, McLaughlin, Scott subs Donnelly, Farren, Lynch, O'Mahony, Mitchell, McCrudden, Doherty