Carrick Rangers 0
Newry City 2
League (Sports Direct Premiership)

Carrick Rangers
0 - 2
Newry City 

League (Sports Direct Premiership)
Saturday, August 12th, 2023
Loughview Leisure Arena
Attendance: 411
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Lorcan Forde (14)
Daragh Owens (35)

Team Managers
Stuart King
Gary Boyle

Starting Eleven
Ross Glendinning
Kurtis Forsythe
Reece Glendinning
Cameron Stewart
Ben Tilney
Albert Watson
Joe Crowe
David Cushley
Andy Mitchell
Nedas Maciulaitis
Danny Gibson
Steven Maguire
Georgie Poynton
Darren King
Barney McKeown
Noel Healy
Lorcan Forde
Ciaran O'Connor
Liam Bagnall
Daragh Owens
Adam Carroll
Adam Salley

Ben McCauley
Ben Buchanan-Rolleston
Mark Surgenor
Kyle Cherry
Curtis Allen
Emmett McGuckin
Jack Montgomery
Tom Murphy
Daniel Hughes
Andy Martin
Brian Healy
Lee Newell
Jordan Mooney
Paul McGovern

Curtis Allen for David Cushley (46)
Kyle Cherry for Reece Glendinning (60)
Emmett McGuckin for Nedas Maciulaitis (76)
Mark Surgenor for Joe Crowe (85)
Andy Martin for Liam Bagnall (46)
Brian Healy for Daragh Owens (48)
Daniel Hughes for Darren King (80)
Lee Newell for Adam Salley (87)

Andy Mitchell (29)
Joe Crowe (74)
Cameron Stewart (89)
Kurtis Forsythe (95)
Ciaran O'Connor (29)
Adam Carroll (45)
Daniel Hughes (90)

Red Cards
None. Adam Carroll (49)
Match Officials

Raymond Crangle (Referee)
Bogdan Sfirloaga & Shane Geary (Assistants)
Shane Andrews (Fourth Official)

Match Report

First half goals from Lorcan Forde and Daragh Owens inflicted a defeat in Rangers’ opening fixture of the season.

Debuts were handed to Albert Watson, Joe Crowe and Danny Purkis as the ‘Gers kicked-off their 2023/24 campaign at the Loughview Leisure Arena.

Nedas Maciulaitis had an early chance to get Carrick off to a perfect start when he cut in on his right foot inside the box, but his resulting effort was straight at City ‘keeper Steven Maguire who gathered comfortably.

Gary Boyle’s side then took their first opportunity of the afternoon clinically on 14 minutes as Lorcan Forde received Adam Salley’s pass and from a narrow angle rifled a low strike beyond Ross Glendinning and into the bottom corner.

The hosts searched for a response and thought they had found it on the half-hour mark when Purkis beat Maguire in the air to Andy Mitchell’s free-kick, only to see his headed effort go wide of the target.

Minutes later, Purkis swept the ball into the net from ten yards out having been found by Reece Glendinning’s flick on but he was adjudged to have been offside.

Carrick were made to rue their missed chances as Newry doubled their advantage soon after; Daragh Owens receiving the ball from Ciaran O’Connor amidst a crowded penalty box before taking a step inside and firing a fine finish past Glendinning and into the corner.

Midfielder David Cushley was forced off at the interval due to a broken nose and was replaced by Curtis Allen at the start of the second half as Rangers looked for a way back into the contest.

That cause was quickly boosted when their opponents were reduced to ten men.

City striker Adam Carroll, who had already been booked for kicking the ball away, received his second caution for a poor tackle on Albert Watson and was dismissed.

Now numerically advantaged, Carrick went on the front foot against a Newry side determined to hold on for the win as Maciulaitis and then Watson were both unable to direct their headers on target from corner-kick deliveries.

Midfielder Andy Mitchell twice attempted a low drive from outside the area, the first of which was well saved by Maguire before the second trickled narrowly past the post.

Ben Tilney’s powerful strike then looked destined to find the net only to be blocked in the six yard box; Allen was lively to the loose ball but he too couldn’t get his shot past the resolute defending of the away side.

Appeals would soon ensue following a goalmouth scramble which the Rangers players were adamant had resulted in the ball crossing the line, but referee Raymond Crangle thought otherwise and waved play on.

The best chance of the day fell to Purkis in injury time as the striker was found by Tilney’s driven cross just yards out at the back post but he agonisingly headed off target.

At the other end, Newry were finding some late joy on the counterattack and could have had a third, and a second for Forde, but for the tricky forward’s curling shot going just the wrong side of the upright.

In the end, the away side’s clinical taking of their chances, in comparison to Rangers failing to capitalise on their own, was what decided the game and culminated in an opening day defeat for Stuart King’s lads.

Match report written by Ryan Clarke (Official Club Website)

Squad Statistics (as at August 12th, 2023)

2023-24 All Time
Ross Glendinning (GK)30 1 - 41 -
Kurtis Forsythe20 1 - 901
Reece Glendinning28 1 - 1052
Cameron Stewart26 1 - 212
Ben Tilney26 1 - 843
Albert Watson37 1 - 1 -
Joe Crowe25 1 - 1 -
David Cushley34 1 - 7415
Andy Mitchell31 1 - 364
Nedas Maciulaitis24 1 - 174
Danny Gibson28 1 - 1 -
Mark Surgenor (sub)37 1 - 25311
Kyle Cherry (sub)30 1 - 20120
Curtis Allen (sub)35 1 - 168
Emmett McGuckin (sub)32 1 - 708

League Table (as at August 12th, 2023)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Coleraine 2 2 0 0 +2 6
2. Larne 2 1 1 0 +1 4
3. Cliftonville 1 1 0 0 +3 3
4. Loughgall 2 1 0 1 +2 3
5. Linfield 1 1 0 0 +1 3
6. Crusaders 1 1 0 0 +1 3
7. Glentoran 2 1 0 1 0 3
8. Newry City 2 1 0 1 -1 3
9. Dungannon 2 0 1 1 -1 1
10. Ballymena 2 0 0 2 -2 0
11. Carrick 1 0 0 1 -2 0
12. Glenavon 2 0 0 2 -4 0