Loughgall 3
Carrick Rangers 4
League (Sports Direct Premiership)


3 - 4

Carrick Rangers

League (Sports Direct Premiership)
Saturday, October 7th, 2023
Lakeview Park
Attendance: 485
3:00 PM Kick-off

Kurtis Forsythe (o.g.) (16)
Andrew Hoey (64)
Benji Magee (78)
Kurtis Forsythe (29)
Curtis Allen (37)
Nedas Maciulaitis (40)
Curtis Allen (72)

Team Managers
Dean Smith Stuart King

Starting Eleven
Berraat Turker
Caolan Loughran
Ben Murdock
Luke Cartwright
Mark Carson
Oran Brogan
Tiernan Kelly
Jamie Rea
Caolan McAleer
Nathaniel Ferris
Jay Boyd
Ross Glendinning
Kurtis Forsythe
Lewis MacKinnon
Mark Surgenor
Ben Tilney
Albert Watson
Joe Crowe
David Cushley
Curtis Allen
Nedas Maciulaitis
Danny Gibson

Daniel Devine
Alan Teggart
Andrew Hoey
Jordan Gibson
Mark Patton
James Carroll
Benji Magee
Ben McCauley
Steven Gordon
Callum Mills
Josh Andrews
Kyle Cherry
Emmett McGuckin
Jaydyn Withers

Alan Teggart for Jamie Rea (46)
Mark Patton for Mark Carson (46)
Andrew Hoey for Nathaniel Ferris (61)
Jordan Gibson for Jay Boyd (61)
Benji Magee for Caolan McAleer (61)
Steven Gordon for Albert Watson (78)
Emmett McGuckin for Curtis Allen (85)
Josh Andrews for Nedas Maciulaitis (93)
Kyle Cherry for David Cushley (93)

Tiernan Kelly (10)
Caolan Loughran (53)
Luke Cartwright (57)
Mark Surgenor (10)
Lewis MacKinnon (87)
Emmett McGuckin (89)

Red Cards
Tiernan Kelly (89) None.

Match Officials

Declan Hassan (Referee)
Paul Robinson & Ryan Kelsey (Assistants)
Keith Kennedy (Fourth Official)

Match Report

A seven-goal thriller went in favour of the ‘Gers who left Loughgall with all three points.

Following wins against Glentoran in the league and Moyola Park in the BetMcLean Cup, Rangers arrived at Lakeview Park in positive form.

Centre-half Lewis MacKinnon came in for his debut while Stuart King’s options were boosted as Kyle Cherry and Emmett McGuckin returned to take places on the bench.

Carrick started brightly and crafted a golden chance in the opening minutes as Mark Surgenor’s free-kick found Curtis Allen who was onside and unmarked in the box but he didn’t seem to realise the time he had to bring the ball down, instead sending a looping header towards goal that ‘keeper Berraat Turker tipped past the post.

Against the run of play, the Villagers broke the deadlock after a quarter of an hour.

Caolan McAleer got away too easily down the right wing before crossing to the back post where Kurtis Forsythe inadvertently turned the ball into his own net.

King’s men didn’t let that stop their dominance of the first half, though, as they continued to be on top of proceedings and found their leveller just before the half hour mark.

MacKinnon’s free-kick into the box found Albert Watson whose header directed the ball to Forsythe; the wing-back this time hit the net at the right end as his first effort was blocked before volleying the follow-up into the top corner, giving Turker no chance.

Having been behind, Rangers took the lead on 37 minutes as Ben Tilney danced his way down the left flank, nutmegging Mark Carson on his way into the box before crossing for Curtis Allen to clinically convert into the far corner.

A third was found before the break as Danny Purkis’ delivery picked out Nedas Maciulaitis free in the middle who took a touch before hammering a low, powerful shot in from six yards.

Tilney almost got in on the scoring act just after the break as a long ball forward found him in behind the home defence; he clipped an effort past Turker but it went the wrong side of the post.

However, Rangers gave their opponents a lifeline through a poor goal conceded just after the hour mark.

Tilney failed to clear the ball inside the penalty area, allowing substitute Andrew Hoey to nip in and poke it past Ross Glendinning, pulling one back.

Less than ten minutes later, Carrick restored their three goal advantage.

Purkis did fantastically to get past Luke Cartwright on the right before driving into the box by the byline and squaring the ball for Allen to tap into an empty net and grab his second of the afternoon.

Once again, though, Loughgall found a goal to reduce the deficit with more than ten minutes left.

A ball down the right wing was picked up by Benji Magee who outpaced Watson to get into the box and beat Glendinning when one-on-one.

Rangers were left having to see the game out in its closing stages as Dean Smith’s side threw everything forward.

The hosts had to do without midfielder Tiernan Kelly in the final minutes, however, as he was sent off for a second bookable offence.

After digging in and standing strong, Declan Hassan’s full time whistle was music to Carrick’s ears, confirming a third win in a row and an important three points.

Match report written by Ryan Clarke (Official Club Website)

Squad Statistics (as at October 7th, 2023)

2023-24 All Time
Ross Glendinning (GK)30 11 - 51 -
Kurtis Forsythe21 1311022
Lewis MacKinnon20 1 - 1 -
Mark Surgenor37 12 - 26411
Ben Tilney26 131964
Albert Watson38 11 - 11 -
Joe Crowe25 10 - 10 -
David Cushley34 1348619
Curtis Allen35 1242712
Nedas Maciulaitis24 132296
Danny Gibson28 138138
Steven Gordon (sub)30 1 - 592
Josh Andrews (sub)19 9 - 11 -
Kyle Cherry (sub)30 9120921
Emmett McGuckin (sub)32 11 - 808

League Table (as at October 7th, 2023)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Linfield 11 9 1 1 +16 28
2. Cliftonville 11 7 2 2 +23 23
3. Larne 11 6 4 1 +16 22
4. Crusaders 11 6 3 2 +17 21
5. Glentoran 11 5 2 4 +2 17
6. Coleraine 11 5 2 4 -5 17
7. Loughgall 11 4 3 4 +2 15
8. Carrick 11 4 1 6 -15 13
9. Newry City 11 3 1 7 -17 10
10. Dungannon 11 1 4 6 -9 7
11. Glenavon 11 2 1 8 -17 7
12. Ballymena 11 2 0 9 -13 6