Daniel Kelly grabbed Carrick's second goal (Picture: Freddie Parkinson/PressEye.com)
Wednesday, 16 November 2016
Carrick Rangers secured a place in the semi-finals of the Northern Ireland League Cup following this two-goal defeat of Dungannon Swifts.
The Swifts started brightly when Ryan Harpur sent the ball just wide from six yards after Andrew Mitchell had teed him up.
Glenn Taggart then had a chance for Rangers from distance while Paul McElroy delivered a corner but, despite rising highest to meet it, Douglas Wilson finished poorly.
But Carrick moved in front on 24 minutes when Steven McCullough went on a run only to see his shot parried by Stuart Addis but, from the loose ball, Chris Morrow sent the ball back in for McCullough to nod home from close range.
After the goal Mitchell sent an effort wide from a Terry Fitzpatrick lay-off although, to his credit, the ball did take a deflection.
Mitchell continued to be a threat after the break. He connected with a Kris Lowe pass only to see his effort come off a defender before dropping wide while, a little later, he was denied only by the outstretched leg of 'keeper Brian Neeson.
However, Aaron Callaghan's side looked to have booked their place in the last four when, on 82 minutes, Daniel Kelly finished with aplomb after connecting with a great Gary Lavery ball to nutmeg the 'keeper.
Carrick Rangers: Neeson, Chapman, Hanley, Surgenor, McNally, Taggart, Wilson, McCaul, McCullough, Morrow, Kelly subs T.J. Murray (replaced Morrow 64), Lavery (replaced McCaul 75), Rice (replaced Taggart 87), Malcolmson (not used), Knox (not used)
Dungannon Swifts: Addis, Burns, O'Rourke, Armstrong, Hegarty, McElroy, Fitzpatrick, Wilson, Mitchell, Harpur, Lowe subs Morgan (not used), McDonald (not used), Clucas (replaced Lowe 75), Young (not used), Glackin (replaced Fitzpatrick 70)
Referee: Raymond Hetherington