Carrick Rangers 2
Coleraine 0
League (Sports Direct Premiership)

Carrick Rangers
2 - 0

League (Sports Direct Premiership)
Tuesday, August 15th, 2023
Loughview Leisure Arena
Attendance: 679
7:45 PM Kick-off

Kyle Cherry (14)
David Cushley (pen.) (17)

Team Managers
Stuart King
Oran Kearney

Starting Eleven
Ross Glendinning
Ben Buchanan-Rolleston
Kurtis Forsythe
Cameron Stewart
Ben Tilney
Albert Watson
Kyle Cherry
Joe Crowe
David Cushley
Andy Mitchell
Danny Gibson
Gareth Deane
Lyndon Kane
Stephen O'Donnell
Graham Kelly
Dean Jarvis
Conor McKendry
Jamie Glackin
Aaron Jarvis
Andy Scott
Lee Harkin
David McDaid

Ben McCauley
Reece Glendinning
Mark Surgenor
Josh Andrews
Nedas Maciulaitis
Emmett McGuckin
Jack Montgomery
Cathair Donnelly
Kieran Farren
Lee Lynch
Jack O'Mahony
Andrew Mitchell
Michael McCrudden
Luca Doherty

Reece Glendinning for David Cushley (46)
Mark Surgenor for Joe Crowe (84)
Emmett McGuckin for Danny Gibson (90)
Nedas Maciulaitis for Kyle Cherry (90)
Jack Montgomery for Andy Mitchell (95)
Lee Lynch for Aaron Jarvis (46)
Jack O'Mahony for Lee Harkin (46)
Andrew Mitchell for Stephen O'Donnell (46)
Kieran Farren for Andy Scott (64)
Michael McCrudden for David McDaid (72)

Albert Watson (48)
Danny Gibson (70)
Cameron Stewart (71)
Reece Glendinning (87)
Mark Surgenor (96)
Jamie Glackin (17)
Conor McKendry (85)

Red Cards
None. Jamie Glackin (58)
Match Officials

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

Match Report

An impressive performance saw the ‘Gers pick up their first win of the season against Coleraine thanks to a Kyle Cherry header and a David Cushley penalty.

Following a disappointing loss to Newry City in the campaign opener just three days prior, Stuart King demanded a response from his players coming into this midweek clash with the Bannsiders.

Cherry and Ben Buchanan-Rolleston came into the side as King tweaked his set-up to allow for an extra man in the middle of the park, leaving Danny Purkis to lead the line as a sole striker.

Carrick started strongly with a chance for Cushley in the opening minute; he raced forward on the right before cutting in on his left foot, but his resulting shot was straight at Gareth Deane who held the effort comfortably.

Lee Harkin, a summer recruit for the visitors, then showed a sign of his class with a neat flick into the path of Aaron Jarvis whose deflected drive went off target.

At the other end, a low cross from Purkis found Cherry in the middle who couldn’t direct his stooping header towards goal, but the energetic midfielder would make amends for his miss shortly thereafter with the opening goal on 14 minutes.

Andy Mitchell delivered a pinpoint cross to the back post from thirty yards where Cherry rose highest with a header that looped up and over Deane to nestle in the far bottom corner.

It would take only three minutes for another Mitchell delivery, this time from a free-kick just inside his own half, to wreak havoc in the Coleraine box.

His long ball into the area was met by the head of Cameron Stewart on the eighteen-yard line, he flicked it into the middle towards Cherry who was bundled over by Jamie Glackin giving referee Shane Andrews no alternative but to award a penalty to the ‘Gers.

Cushley took the responsibility of stepping up from twelve yards and rifled the spot-kick down the middle to double Carrick’s advantage.

Oran Kearney’s men went in search of a reply and crafted a promising open when Andy Scott got in behind the home defence but his left-footed shot at the near post was kept out by a strong hand from Ross Glendinning.

Lyndon Kane was then found in the box having peeled off his marker but the defender’s header went over the crossbar.

Purkis’ energy and work rate saw him lead the ‘Gers superbly from the front and he could have had a goal to his name when he collected a long pass from Joe Crowe to run through but with the visiting defence hot on his tail, he was unable to get a shot away.

Just over ten minutes into the second period Rangers were handed a further advantage as Glackin, who was already on a booking for his foul which resulted in the penalty, received his second caution for a late lunge on Cherry and was subsequently sent off.

With the Bannsiders having introduced additional firepower from the bench at the interval, Carrick set about nullifying their opponents and therefore making the half a lot less of a spectacle than the first with few chances of note.

It wasn’t until the end of normal time that the visitors created a real opportunity of promise as Lee Lynch’s corner was met by Graham Kelly in the middle but he headed wide of the upright.

Substitutes Emmett McGuckin and Mark Surgenor then combined for the hosts as McGuckin’s cross found Surgenor at the back post but he headed over the top.

In the end, three points and a clean sheet was the reward Carrick merited for a great performance across the piece.

Match report written by Ryan Clarke (Official Club Website)

Squad Statistics (as at August 15th, 2023)

2023-24 All Time
Ross Glendinning (GK)30 2 - 42 -
Ben Buchanan-Rolleston21 1 - 6 -
Kurtis Forsythe20 2 - 911
Cameron Stewart26 2 - 222
Ben Tilney26 2 - 853
Albert Watson37 2 - 2 -
Kyle Cherry30 2120221
Joe Crowe25 2 - 2 -
David Cushley34 217516
Andy Mitchell31 2 - 374
Danny Gibson28 2 - 2 -
Mark Surgenor (sub)37 2 - 25411
Reece Glendinning (sub)28 2 - 1062
Emmett McGuckin (sub)32 2 - 718
Nedas Maciulaitis (sub)24 2 - 184
Jack Montgomery (sub)19 1 - 1 -

League Table (as at August 15th, 2023)

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