Greg Moorhouse shields the ball from Steven McCullough (Picture: Declan Roughan/PressEye.com)

RANGERS PICK UP CRUCIAL POINT

Carrick Rangers picked up a crucial point from Glenavon's visit to the Belfast Loughshore Hotel Arena.

Glenavon started brightly, almost going in front when Guy Bates saw a shot blocked before the follow up was hindered by the conditions in the six-yard box.

Further chances followed as the first half progressed as both Greg Moorhouse and James Singleton caused anxiety in the home defence.

However, Carrick might have snatched the lead themselves close to the break when Tommy Elder was denied from a free-kick by Johnny Tuffey.

Indeed, this sparked a purple patch for Rangers with Steven McCullough seeing an effort turned over early in the second half before a similar fate befell another Elder attempt.

But Glenavon finished the game on top, ceating a number of opportunities in the final quarter-of-an-hour through Joel Cooper - which Brian Neeson did well to turn away - followed by Gary Hamilton and Rhys Marshall.

Ultimately, however, neither defence was breached.

Carrick Rangers: Neeson, Foster, McNally, McCullough, Taggart, Clarke, T.J. Murray, Noble, McConnell, Elder, McVey subs M. Murray (not used), Smyth (replaced Foster 48), Morrow (not used), Salley (replaced McConnell 82), Mustapha (replaced Elder 68)

Glenavon: Tuffey, Canning, Kilmartin, Marshall, Cooper, Sykes, Marron, Moorhouse, Singleton, Bates, Renato subs Hamilton (replaced Renato 80), Neill (not used), Lindsay (not used), McGrory (not used), Gray (replaced Bates 86)

Referee: Andrew Davey

Attendance: 403

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