Championship 1: Carrick Rangers eased to a 3-1 win over Dergview at Taylor’s Avenue on Saturday afternoon, writes John Gillespie.
Conor McCloskey opened the scoring when he netted direct from a corner just after the half-hour mark. The visitors levelled matters five minutes into the second session with a close-range effort from Richard Lecky.
Miguel Chines edged Rangers in front with a 25-yard free-kick before Ben Roy wrapped up the three points with late third for the Gers.
After a fairly pedestrian opening 25 minutes, the lively McCloskey fired just over the bar from a central position at the edge of the 18-yard box.
And it was the former Portadown man who broke the deadlock, scoring straight from an inswinging corner which looped over the helpless Jack Boggs before nestling in the corner of the net.
The County Tyrone began the second session in the brightest fashion when Lecky pounced with a well-taken 50th-minute equaliser.
Carrick’s response came courtesy of Chines who steered in a beautiful free-kick to make it 2-1.
Gary Haveron’s men were always in control but Roy’s late strike banished any thoughts of another Dergview leveller.
Carrick: Neeson, Smyth, Traynor, Donaghy, Taggart, Watson (Kane), Harmon, Cherry (Lynch), Chines (Lagan), Roy, McCloskey. Subs not used: McConnell, McKenna.
Dergview: Boggs, Falconer, P. Wallace, Liggett, Robinson (c), Burns, Arkinson, Edgar, Sheridan, Highinbotham, Lecky. Subs: Maxwell, Coulter, Lynch, A. Wallace, Clarke
Referee: Eddie Ferguson.