Matt Hazley (OG) (36)
Martin Murray (40)
Thomas Murray (72)

3

Marcio Soares (39)
Marcio Soares (45)

2

Jordan Lyttle and Sean Noble keep an eye on the ball (Picture: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye.com)

RANGERS WIN CRUCIAL BOTTOM OF THE TABLE BATTLE

Despite scoring twice before the break Marcio Soares still ended up on the losing side as Portadown fell to defeat in this crucial bottom of the table visit to Carrick Rangers.

The 'Gers moved in front courtesy of a Matt Hazley own goal midway through the first half. Soares levelled soon after but within moments Martin Murray restored Carrick's advantage with a long range finish.

Soares found the net again to ensure the sides went in at half-time on level terms but after T.J. Murray curled home the winner on 72 minutes there was no way back for Niall Currie's side.

Official Carrick Rangers FC website report
http://www.carrickrangers.co.uk/newsdetail.aspx?id=1531

Official Portadown FC website report
http://www.portadownfc.co.uk/2017/03/18/carrick-3-portadown-2/

BBC Sport NI coverage
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39317612

Carrick Rangers: Neeson, Smyth, McVey, McNally, McCullough, Surgenor, T.J. Murray, M. Murray, Morrow, O'Brien, Kelly subs Noble (replaced M. Murray 72), Elder (replaced Morrow 66), Rice (replaced Smyth 90+3), McConnell (not used), Clarke (not used)

Portadown: Duffin, Shannon, Lyttle, R. Larkin, Hazley, Henderson, Garrett, McGerrigan, Foley, Hughes, Soares subs C. Larkin (not used), Mackle (replaced McGerrigan 72), Megaw (not used), Holmes (not used), Mulvenna (replaced Foley 72)

Referee: Tim Marshall

Attendance: 410

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