Loughgall 3
Carrick Rangers 3
League (Sports Direct Premiership)


3 - 3

Carrick Rangers

League (Sports Direct Premiership)
Saturday, February 24th, 2024
Lakeview Park
Attendance: 395
3:00 PM Kick-off

Andy Hoey (38)
Andy Hoey (77)
Nathaniel Ferris (90+1)
James Teelan (34)
Danny Gibson (41)
Danny Gibson (46)

Team Managers
Dean Smith Stuart King

Starting Eleven
Berraat Turker
Ally Teggart
Luke Cartwright
James Carroll
Jamie Rea
Pablo Andrade
Oran Brogan
Andy Hoey
Caolan McAleer
Benji Magee
Ryan Waide
Ross Glendinning
Ben Buchanan-Rolleston
Lewis MacKinnon
Cameron Stewart
Albert Watson
Joe Crowe
David Cushley
Andy Mitchell
Danny Gibson
Nedas Maciulaitis
James Teelan

Daniel Devine
Mark Carson
Nathaniel Ferris
Robbie Norton
Jordan Gibson
Alberto Balde
Leon Boyd
Ben McCauley
Steven Gordon
Ben Tilney
Will Arnold
Curtis Allen
Emmett McGuckin
Jaydyn Withers

Robbie Norton for Oran Brogan (74)
Jordan Gibson for Ally Teggart (74)
Nathaniel Ferris for Ryan Waide (76)
Alberto Balde for Caolan McAleer (76)
Leon Boyd for Benji Magee (76)
Steven Gordon for Joe Crowe (75)
Emmett McGuckin for David Cushley (81)
Curtis Allen for Nedas Maciulaitis (87)
Will Arnold for Andy Mitchell (87)

James Carroll (40)
Benji Magee (67)
Nathaniel Ferris (90+2)
Ben Buchanan-Rolleston (45)
Danny Gibson (74)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Ben McMaster (Referee)
John Doherty & David Burns (Assistants)
Mark Dillon (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Nathaniel Ferris’ injury time equaliser denied Rangers a win at Lakeview Park.

With Kurtis Forsythe suspended, Lewis MacKinnon took his place in an otherwise unchanged side from that which had defeated Dungannon Swifts seven days prior.

Carrick started the game brightly and could have gone in front in the first minute as Andy Mitchell’s corner-kick was met by Cameron Stewart at the back post, but after heading the ball into the ground it looped up and went just over the bar.

The visitors continued to enjoy the better of the first half play without creating too many clear cut chances until they broke the deadlock after 34 minutes.

Mitchell’s long throw was first flicked on by Stewart and then Nedas Maciulaitis; the ball eventually breaking in the box for James Teelan to slam in his first goal since joining the ‘Gers on loan from Crusaders in January.

However, it would take Dean Smith’s men just four minutes to respond.

After a shot from Andy Hoey was pushed behind for a corner by ‘keeper Ross Glendinning, the resulting delivery found the midfielder free at the far post to nod in the leveller.

The back-and-forth exchange of goals continued three minutes later as Rangers restored their lead.

James Carroll’s foul presented the away side with a centrally positioned free-kick around 25 yards from goals; Mitchell stepped up and after his shot was spilled by goalkeeper Berraat Turker, the predatory Danny Gibson was quickest to react and slot the loose ball home.

A slip in defence from Carroll then saw Teelan gain possession in a dangerous position; he opted to cross for Gibson in the middle whose low shot was held by the diving Turker.

However, Gibson did find his second of the afternoon less than a minute into the second period.

Latching onto David Cushley’s long ball, the striker got past Carroll on the right flank before cutting into the box and beating Turker at his near post to bag his brace.

Gibson was again at the forefront of a Carrick attack, this time a counter-attack, soon after; having advanced to just outside the penalty area, he passed the ball inside to Teelan who took a touch before firing high at goal, forcing Turker to tip the ball over the net.

At the other end, Benji Magee almost added his name to the scoresheet only to see his effort from the left channel of the box come back off the outside of the post.

The Villagers began to assume control as the contest entered its final stages and were able to reduce the deficit on 77 minutes; Hoey driving a well-placed shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

Substitute Nathaniel Ferris then somehow squandered a chance to draw his side level when he headed Pablo Andrade’s cross wide from five yards, only to make amends in the first minute of additional time by netting the equaliser.

Carrick failed to clear their lines following a corner-kick and were made to pay the price when Andrade’s shot was parried by Glendinning and Ferris was on hand to convert the rebound and ensure the spoils were shared.

Match report written by Ryan Clarke (Official Club Website)

Squad Statistics (as at February 24th, 2024)

2023-24 All Time
Ross Glendinning (GK)30 32 - 72 -
Ben Buchanan-Rolleston22 20 - 25 -
Lewis MacKinnon20 201201
Cameron Stewart26 20 - 402
Albert Watson38 22 - 22 -
Joe Crowe25 282282
David Cushley34 34810723
Andy Mitchell31 171525
Danny Gibson28 36173617
Nedas Maciulaitis24 354518
James Teelan21 4141
Steven Gordon (sub)30 18 - 762
Will Arnold (sub)19 2 - 2 -
Emmett McGuckin (sub)32 291989
Curtis Allen (sub)36 3294717

League Table (as at February 24th, 2024)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Larne 30 22 7 1 +45 73
2. Linfield 31 23 3 5 +34 72
3. Cliftonville 31 21 4 6 +44 67
4. Glentoran 29 14 7 8 +27 49
5. Crusaders 30 14 6 10 +16 48
6. Coleraine 30 11 5 14 -16 38
7. Carrick 30 10 5 15 -22 35
8. Loughgall 30 9 6 15 -12 33
9. Dungannon 30 8 7 15 -8 31
10. Glenavon 29 9 3 17 -18 30
11. Ballymena 30 5 4 21 -35 19
12. Newry City 30 3 5 22 -55 14