Carrick 1st XV moved, temporarily at least, back to the top of Qualifing Two with a bonus-point 25-3 win over Randalstown at Tom Simms Memorial Park on Saturday.
In challenging weather conditions, Randalstown kept Carrick penned in and around their own 22 for most of the first quarter but all they had to show for it was a penalty-goal after five minutes.
With half-time approaching, Carrick took a tap penalty on their own 22 and Andy Kinkaid burst through a couple of tackles and produced a fine hand-off to make 50 metres into the Randalstown 22 before passing to Peter Simpson who touched down for an unconverted score to the left of the posts.
The home side extended their lead early in the second session when Kyle Jordan controlled a loose ball well with his foot to get it over the line where Wady won the race to touch down.
Whittall didn’t make the conversion but he extended their lead a few minutes later, slotting over a penalty.
It was not until the 28th minute of the half that the home outfit added to their score with a penalty try with Whittall adding the extras.
In the dying embers of the game, Carrick ran back a loose Rndalstown kick, re-cycled quickly and some crisp passing put Ross Marsden in space and the open-side flanker raced in for an uncoverted try in the corner.
Next up for Carrick is a Towns’ Cup second-round clash with City of Derry II, on January 24.
Carrick: J. Wady; K. Jordan, J. Cullen (c), J. Sheriff, P. Simpson; L. Whittall, K. Topping; A. Gibney, N. Hanna, M. Smiley (R. Williams), A. Kinkaid, C. Rodgers, M. Fisher (R. Crymble), R. Marsden, C. Rea.