Carrick Rangers 3
Dundela 1
Co. Antrim Shield (Quarter Final)

Carrick Rangers
3 - 1

Co. Antrim Shield (Quarter Final)
Tuesday, October 10th, 2023
Loughview Leisure Arena
Attendance: 253
7:45 PM Kick-off

David Cushley (pen.) (30)
Ian Fletcher (o.g.) (57)
Joe Crowe (65)
Charlie Dornan (56)

Team Managers
Stuart King
Stephen Gourley

Starting Eleven
Ben McCauley
Kurtis Forsythe
Reece Glendinning
Lewis MacKinnon
Mark Surgenor
Ben Tilney
Joe Crowe
David Cushley
Curtis Allen
Nedas Maciulaitis
Danny Gibson
Alex Henderson
Ian Fletcher
Sam Dinu
David McMaster
Lee Rea
Anthony Burns
Jake Corbett
Charlie Dornan
Jake White
William Faulkner
Michael Kerr

Ross Glendinning
Steven Gordon
Callum Mills
Josh Andrews
Kyle Cherry
Emmett McGuckin
Jaydyn Withers
Lewis Hunter
Jay Harvey
Andrew Hall
Ciaran Dobbin
Dylan Donaldson
Matthew Munn
Owen Madine

Emmett McGuckin for Curtis Allen (56)
Kyle Cherry for David Cushley (56)
Jaydyn Withers for Joe Crowe (72)
Josh Andrews for Reece Glendinning (72)
Steven Gordon for Ben Tilney (72)
Andrew Hall for William Faulkner (68)
Ciaran Dobbin for Jake Corbett (68)
Dylan Donaldson for Lee Rea (68)
Matthew Munn for Charlie Dornan (78)
Owen Madine for David McMaster (78)

David Cushley (19)
Reece Glendinning (55)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Chris Morrison (Referee)
Brian Wilson & Shane Geary (Assistants)
Shane Andrews (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Despite an underwhelming performance, the ‘Gers did enough to defeat Dundela and progress to the semi-finals of the County Antrim Shield.

Stuart King fielded a strong starting side, making just two changes to the team that had defeated Loughgall three days prior, showing the respect he paid to Championship league leaders Dundela and the importance he placed on the competition.

Despite their recent good form, Carrick struggled to come out of the blocks in the early stages as both sides could only create some scrappy half chances.

That was, until, Reece Glendinning’s ball down the left was touched on by Ben Tilney into the path of Danny Purkis in the box; the striker got to it ahead of the onrushing Alex Henderson who brought him down with referee Chris Morrison awarding a penalty-kick.

David Cushley stepped up from twelve yards and sent Henderson the wrong way to break the deadlock on the half hour mark.

Tilney almost turned from creator to scorer minutes later as his drive from thirty yards flew just over the top of the crossbar.

Rangers could and perhaps should have had a second before the break as Cushley’s free-kick into the danger area was dropped by Henderson, allowing Purkis to pick up the ball and cross towards Kurtis Forsythe at the back post whose shot was kept out on the line by Sam Dinu.

The Duns, however, found a leveller twelve minutes into the second period as David McMaster’s free-kick into the area was met by Charlie Dornan who side-footed the ball into the far top corner.

That proved to be just the wake up call that the ‘Gers needed as they stormed down the other end to regain their lead sixty seconds later.

Like the first, Glendinning’s pass picked out Tilney who skilfully made his way past Jake White before drilling a dangerous delivery into the box that was put into his own net by the unfortunate Ian Fletcher.

The visitors thought they had again got themselves level through Dornan when he converted the rebound after Ben McCauley parried McMaster’s free-kick but his celebrations were cut short by a raised offside flag.

Not needing another warning of the danger their opponents posed, Carrick pulled further ahead soon after.

Kyle Cherry’s corner was missed by everyone in the middle, though Emmett McGuckin superbly chased down McMaster to block his clearance, win the ball back and tee up Joe Crowe who curled a sublime strike into the far corner of the net from 25 yards.

Rangers could have pulled further ahead as McGuckin’s header from a Cherry corner-kick went just over, landing on the roof of the net before he and Jaydyn Withers both failed to get a touch on Purkis’ square ball to convert into an empty goal.

In the end, though, their two-goal cushion allowed Carrick to see the game out comfortably and set up a home tie against Glentoran in the final four of the competition.

Match report written by Ryan Clarke (Official Club Website)

Squad Statistics (as at October 10th, 2023)

2023-24 All Time
Ben McCauley (GK)25 3 - 3 -
Kurtis Forsythe21 1411032
Reece Glendinning28 12 - 1162
Lewis MacKinnon20 2 - 2 -
Mark Surgenor37 13 - 26511
Ben Tilney26 141974
Joe Crowe25 111111
David Cushley34 1458720
Curtis Allen35 1342812
Nedas Maciulaitis24 142306
Danny Gibson28 148148
Steven Gordon (sub)30 2 - 602
Kyle Cherry (sub)30 10121021
Josh Andrews (sub)19 10 - 12 -
Emmett McGuckin (sub)32 12 - 818
Jaydyn Withers (sub)18 5 - 5 -

League Table (as at October 10th, 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