Carrick Rangers 2
Dungannon Swifts 1
League (Sports Direct Premiership)

Carrick Rangers
2 - 1

League (Sports Direct Premiership)
Saturday, February 17th, 2024
Loughview Leisure Arena
Attendance: 345
3:00 PM Kick-off

Danny Gibson (45)
David Cushley (pen.) (62)
Gael Bigirimana (71)

Team Managers
Stuart King
Rodney McAree

Starting Eleven
Ross Glendinning
Ben Buchanan-Rolleston
Kurtis Forsythe
Cameron Stewart
Albert Watson
Joe Crowe
David Cushley
Andy Mitchell
Danny Gibson
Nedas Maciulaitis
James Teelan
Declan Dunne
Chris Hegarty
Dean Curry
Cahal McGinty
John Scott
Steven Scott
Gael Bigirimana
Adam Glenny
Kealan Dillon
Andrew Mitchell
Thomas Maguire

Ben McCauley
Lewis MacKinnon
Will Arnold
Kyle Cherry
Scott Graham
Curtis Allen
Emmett McGuckin
Alex Henderson
James Knowles
Joe Moore
Grant Hutchinson
Leo Alves
Tommy Taggert
Aidan Hegarty

Kyle Cherry for David Cushley (62)
Emmett McGuckin for Nedas Maciulaitis (78)
Lewis MacKinnon for James Teelan (83)
Joe Moore for John Scott (61)
Leo Alves for Kealan Dillon (69)
Aidan Hegarty for Thomas Maguire (69)
Tommy Taggert for Chris Hegarty (84)

David Cushley (44)
Kyle Cherry (63)
Chris Hegarty (45+1)
John Scott (47)
Declan Dunne (60)
Tommy Taggert (85)

Red Cards
Kurtis Forsythe (82)
Match Officials

Declan Hassan (Referee)
John Doherty & Rachel Greer (Assistants)
Chris Morrison (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Rangers stood resolute against a strong Swifts side to pick up all three points at the Loughview Leisure Arena.

January loanee James Teelan made his first start for the Club while Joe Crowe came in for the suspended Steven Gordon in the only other change from the team that drew away to Glentoran seven days prior.

In a close-fought first half it was the Swifts who created the opening chance of the afternoon; the ball breaking to John Scott in the box after Joe Crowe’s superb sliding tackle on Thomas Maguire, but the midfielder’s shot was denied by Ross Glendinning who then gathered.

There was then worry for centre-half Cameron Stewart after he awkwardly collided with the perimeter wall when seeing the ball out of play, but he showed strength and commitment to get back on his feet and continue the game.

Stewart’s determination to keep playing was nearly rewarded with a goal when he got on the end of Nedas Maciulaitis’ cross at the back post, but the ball skimmed off his head and went wide of the target.

Glendinning again came to the hosts’ rescue in the third minute of injury time as he made a great save low to his right after Maguire’s cross had found Kealan Dillon who shot at goal from fifteen yards.

After the resulting corner-kick was cleared after a scramble in the box, the ‘Gers proceeded to break the deadlock as they netted on the counter-attack.

Crowe launched the ball upfield to the lively James Teelan who carried it forward before finding Danny Gibson to his left; the striker capitalising on a slip by defender Steven Scott to run through on goal unopposed and coolly slot the ball past ‘keeper Declan Dunne.

Rangers carried the momentum of their opening goal into the second period as Gibson was this time the provider for Teelan who received the goalscorer’s great pass in the box before dragging a low shot the wrong side of the upright.

Rodney McAree’s men continued to pose a threat too, though, and went close to equalising when Maguire got in behind the home backline and attempted to round Glendinning, but the Carrick ‘keeper recovered well to keep his shot out with a diving save and then held Cahal McGinty’s header from a corner soon after.

With an hour played, the ‘Gers went on to double their advantage. After the ball was cleared in defence, it broke deep on the right channel for Teelan who played it up the line to Gibson; he got to it ahead of defender Dean Curry and went past the onrushing Dunne in the box who brought the striker down, leaving referee Declan Hassan with little other choice but to point to the spot.

Skipper David Cushley assumed the responsibility from twelve yards and finished with conviction, sending Dunne the wrong way as he powerfully blasted the ball into the bottom corner.

Adam Glenny very nearly pulled one back for Dungannon when his shot from inside the area came back off the post, before the visitors did find a goal to halve the deficit a minute later.

Curry advanced into the Carrick half before threading a pass forward to midfielder Gael Bigirimana who, from twenty yards, took a fine first touch before arrowing a strike past the outstretched Glendinning and into the corner of the net.

While Carrick battled to see the game out in the last twenty minutes, their efforts were made even harder for the final ten as right-back Kurtis Forsythe was shown a straight red card following a challenge on substitute Leo Alves.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, the ‘Gers stood tall to wave after wave of Dungannon attacks to come away with a win that sees them climb to seventh in the league table.

Match report written by Ryan Clarke (Official Club Website)

Squad Statistics (as at February 17th, 2024)

2023-24 All Time
Ross Glendinning (GK)30 31 - 71 -
Ben Buchanan-Rolleston22 19 - 24 -
Kurtis Forsythe21 3011192
Cameron Stewart26 19 - 392
Albert Watson38 21 - 21 -
Joe Crowe25 272272
David Cushley34 33810623
Andy Mitchell31 161515
Danny Gibson28 35153515
Nedas Maciulaitis24 344508
James Teelan21 3 - 3 -
Lewis MacKinnon (sub)20 191191
Kyle Cherry (sub)30 24222422
Emmett McGuckin (sub)32 281979

League Table (as at February 17th, 2024)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Larne 29 21 7 1 +42 70
2. Cliftonville 29 21 4 4 +49 67
3. Linfield 29 21 3 5 +29 66
4. Glentoran 28 14 7 7 +30 49
5. Crusaders 29 13 6 10 +14 45
6. Coleraine 29 10 5 14 -18 35
7. Carrick 29 10 4 15 -22 34
8. Loughgall 29 9 5 15 -12 32
9. Glenavon 28 9 3 16 -16 30
10. Dungannon 29 7 7 15 -10 28
11. Ballymena 29 5 4 20 -33 19
12. Newry City 29 3 5 21 -53 14