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Carrick Rangers

League (Sports Direct Premiership)
Saturday, April 27th, 2024
Mourneview Park
Attendance: 575
5:30 PM Kick-off

Stephen Teggart (40) David Cushley (pen.) (21)
Curtis Allen (30)

Team Managers
Stephen McDonnell Stuart King

Starting Eleven
Mark Byrne
David Toure
Mark Haughey
Conor Kerr
Danny Wallace
Sean Ward
Robbie Garrett
Niall Quinn
Stephen Teggart
Jamie Doran
Conor McCloskey
Ross Glendinning
Lewis MacKinnon
Ben Tilney
Albert Watson
Kyle Cherry
Joe Crowe
David Cushley
Curtis Allen
Danny Gibson
Nedas Maciulaitis
James Teelan

Joshua Gracey
Matthew Snoddy
Gavin Hodgins
Peter Campbell
Troy Savage
James Doona
Daniel Shiel
Ben McCauley
Ben Buchanan-Rolleston
Mark Surgenor
Scott Graham
Pearse O'Prey
Emmett McGuckin
Jaydyn Withers

James Doona for Stephen Teggart (46)
Matthew Snoddy for David Toure (64)
Peter Campbell for Conor McCloskey (64)
Gavin Hodgins for Niall Quinn (75)
Troy Savage for Sean Ward (86)
Mark Surgenor for David Cushley (68)
Emmett McGuckin for Danny Gibson (81)
Scott Graham for Kyle Cherry (93)
Jaydyn Withers for Curtis Allen (93)
Pearse O'Prey for Nedas Maciulaitis (93)

Danny Wallace (53)
Sean Ward (86)
Emmett McGuckin (86)

Red Cards
Robbie Garrett (92) James Teelan (92)

Match Officials

Ian McNabb (Referee)
Stephen Donaldson & Brian Wilson (Assistants)
Lee Tavinder (Fourth Official)

Match Report

By grinding out the win at Mourneview Park, the ‘Gers secured seventh position and a place in the European Play-offs for the first time in their history.

Coming into this contest, options were limited for boss Stuart King who had lost Kurtis Forsythe and Cameron Stewart (injury) as well as Steven Gordon (suspension) from the side that had beaten Loughgall seven days prior.

King’s panel was boosted, however, by the return of Joe Crowe from a two-game ban while Mark Surgenor made the bench having been sidelined since the end of last year.

It was an edgy start in County Armagh where Glenavon enjoyed the majority of possession and threatened first through Jamie Doran’s low, 20-yard shot that trickled just past the post.

However, the ‘Gers were presented with a golden opportunity to go in front after twenty minutes.

Lewis MacKinnon’s delivery into the box found James Teelan who was bundled into from behind by Conor Kerr, resulting in the award of a penalty to the visitors.

Skipper David Cushley assumed the responsibility and showed no sign of nerves as he lashed the ball into the top corner from twelve yards.

Carrick looked much brighter after their opener and went on to double their lead only ten minutes later.

Danny Wallace’s attempted clearance landed at the feet of Teelan who put the ball into the box and after it was knocked down, Curtis Allen was the fastest to react as he nipped in ahead of Kerr and turned it into the net beyond goalkeeper Mark Byrne.

It could, and perhaps should, have been three soon after as Allen capitalised on a defensive mistake to race towards goal, however with Danny Gibson free to his left, he chose instead to go himself and saw his shot blocked.

Rangers were regretting that missed opportunity even more when Glenavon halved the deficit five minutes from the break.

Niall Quinn’s free-kick into the middle found Stephen Teggart who was afforded too much space to send the ball past Ross Glendinning.

The Lurgan Blues crafted a good chance to equalise after the break, but Wallace’s left wing cross was just behind Jamie Doran who headed over the crossbar.

At the other end, Mark Byrne was well off his line when his kick out struck one of his own players and landed at the feet of Nedas Maciulaitis, but he couldn’t hit the target with his attempt from distance.

Danny Gibson then interchanged nicely with Maciulaitis which set him up for a one-on-one; he poked the ball past the onrushing Byrne towards Allen but Wallace was well positioned to clear the danger.

As the half progressed, the ‘Gers opted to sit back as Stephen McDonnell’s side looked for the leveller; Wallace’s deflected shot thankfully didn’t catch out Ross Glendinning before the Carrick ‘keeper had to tip Kerr’s close range header over the bar in injury time.

Both sides were reduced to ten men in the second minute of time added on.

Teelan’s tackle on Robbie Garrett was deemed to have been high with excessive force, while Garrett himself was dismissed for a retaliatory kick at Teelan.

The full time whistle brought celebratory scenes in the away end at Mourneview Park as supporters, players and staff came together to cheer their 7th-placed finish and qualification to the European Play-offs where Crusaders will be the opponents.

Match report written by Ryan Clarke (Official Club Website)

Squad Statistics (as at April 27th, 2024)

2023-24 All Time
Ross Glendinning (GK)30 40 - 80 -
Lewis MacKinnon21 281281
Ben Tilney27 3421175
Albert Watson38 29 - 29 -
Kyle Cherry30 31323123
Joe Crowe26 342342
David Cushley34 421011525
Curtis Allen36 40125520
Danny Gibson28 44204420
Nedas Maciulaitis24 4365910
James Teelan21 122122
Mark Surgenor (sub)38 27 - 27911
Scott Graham (sub)19 1 - 3 -
Pearse O'Prey (sub)20 2 - 2 -
Emmett McGuckin (sub)33 3611059
Jaydyn Withers (sub)19 10 - 10 -

League Table (as at April 27th, 2024)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Larne 38 27 9 2 64 90
2. Linfield 38 26 7 5 42 85
3. Cliftonville 38 23 6 9 37 75
4. Crusaders 38 19 7 12 18 64
5. Glentoran 38 17 9 12 31 60
6. Coleraine 38 12 10 16 -22 46
7. Carrick 38 15 5 18 -18 50
8. Dungannon 38 13 8 17 -5 47
9. Loughgall 38 13 6 19 -8 45
10. Glenavon 38 11 4 23 -25 37
11. Ballymena 38 8 4 26 -41 28
12. Newry City 38 4 5 29 -73 17

* - Table split into two divisions of six.