IRISH LEAGUE: Kearns double sinks Carrick Rangers at Glenavon

Glenavon's Rhys Marshall and Carrick's Aaron Harmon. Photos: Presseye
Glenavon's Rhys Marshall and Carrick's Aaron Harmon. Photos: Presseye
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A second-half Daniel Kearns double did for Carrick Rangers as they lost at Glenavon on Friday night.

Kearns’ spot-kick, 10 minutes after the break, put the Gers on the back foot at a blustery Mourneview Park.

Glenavon's Daniel Kearns and Carrick's Barry Johnston in action in the Gers' 2-0 defeat to the Lurgan Blues last Friday. Photo: Presseye

Glenavon's Daniel Kearns and Carrick's Barry Johnston in action in the Gers' 2-0 defeat to the Lurgan Blues last Friday. Photo: Presseye

And the midfielder compounded the visitors’ misery when he netted from the edge of the area with 16 minutes left.

The 2-0 reverse means when the Gary Haveron’s men entertain champions Crusaders next weekend it will be exactly three months since their last top-flight win.

Storm Desmond was doing its best to ruin the game, with the wind blowing in every direction and causing issues for both goalkeepers.

The first half was devoid of any real chances. Rhys Marshall had a half chance with a half volley on five minutes but it was deflected for a corner, from which Simon Kelly headed wide.

Glenavon's Eoin Bradley and Carrick's Brian McCaul.

Glenavon's Eoin Bradley and Carrick's Brian McCaul.

Kyle Neill had a free-kick punched away by Brian Neeson, with the ball falling for Andy Kilmartin whose chance was off target.

The wind created an unexpected opportunity for Andy Hall who almost scored directly from a corner kick, while another opportunistic set piece from Neill from 35 yards hung in the air before finally resting on top of Neeson’s goal.

Carrick’s best chance fell to Joe McNeill, who felt he should have been awarded for a penalty when he was brought down by Kelly, while the same player was unlucky not to score when he flashed a free-kick wide of the mark.

Glenavon got in front after 55 minutes when McNeill brought down Marshall inside the box after he had linked up with Mark Sykes.

Glenavon's Eoin Bradley and Carrick's Andrew Doyle

Glenavon's Eoin Bradley and Carrick's Andrew Doyle

Kearns sent Neeson the wrong way with the penalty.

And Glenavon could have had a second moments later when Joel Cooper’s cross was met by Eoin Bradley, but his header was just off target.

Jonny Tuffey was forced into his first save of the game on 65 minutes, and a fine save it was too, as he parried away a Brian McCaul curling shot.

Rangers captain Aaron Harmon moved into a space to shoot from 25 yards after capitalising on a mistake by Marshall, but Tuffey was down low to save the shot.

Glenavon's Daniel Kearns celebrates after scoring to make it 2-0.

Glenavon's Daniel Kearns celebrates after scoring to make it 2-0.

The points were sealed when Glenavon doubled their advantage on 74 minutes. Joel Cooper managed to edge his way past McCaul before laying the ball off to Kearns to score his fifth goal since signing in October from the edge of the box.

GLENAVON: Tuffey, Neill (Dillon 77), Kelly, Lindsay, Kilmartin, Marshall, Cooper (McGrory 87), Bradley, Hall, Sykes, Kearns (O’Brien 89). Subs not used: Patton, Hamilton.

CARRICK RANGERS: Neeson, McCaul, Kelly, Harmon, McNeill, Cherry (Kane 77), Roy (Chines 68), McCloskey, Johnston, Dick (Browne 82), Doyle. Subs not used: Surgenor, Taggart.

Referee: Raymond Hetherington (Dungannon).

Carrick manager Gary Haveron.

Carrick manager Gary Haveron.