Chris Rodgers was amongst the early scorers for Carrick Rangers (Picture: Tony Hendron/PressEye.com)
Saturday, 09 February 2019
Carrick Rangers picked up an emphatic win in the Bluefin Sport Championship finding the net seven times at home to HW Welders.
It looked as if the deadlock had been broken after little more than sixty seconds as Michael Smith swept the ball over the line, but he was adjudged to have been in an offside position.
However, Rangers did make the breakthrough soon after as Smith's perfectly weighted delivery from the left found Stewart Nixon whose glanced header found the back of the net via the post.
Soon after, a powerful shot from Smith had to be dealt with by young keeper Matthew Anderson who tipped the ball over the crossbar. From the resulting corner-kick, Reece Neale's delivery to the back post was met by Daniel Kelly who side-footed the ball in to double his side's advantage.
On the 16th minute, the East Antrim side made it three as Nixon slid the ball through to Neale who in turn laid it off to Smith, with Carrick's top scorer curling a beautiful effort into the top corner past the helpless Anderson.
Just three minutes later, another corner-kick saw a fast-paced delivery from Nixon met by an unstoppable bullet header from centre-half Chris Rodgers to add the hosts' fourth within just 19 minutes.
Rangers saw out the remainder of the half in a controlled fashion following their goal frenzy so early on, taking their 4-0 lead in at the break.
At the start of the second half, Smith had two good opportunities to add to his goal tally; the first of which saw him net following a goalmouth scramble only to be ruled offside, before he just couldn’t stretch far enough to get on the end of Nixon's low cross.
Smith then made way for fellow forward Lukasz Adamczyk as the home side looked to continue to find the net. On the 70th minute, Ryan Strain did just that as he collected the ball on the left wing and drilled a low shot in off the post for his first goal since joining the club in January.
Two minutes later, another Nixon corner-kick created a goal as again Kelly found space at the back post to score past Anderson.
Jake McNeill then replaced Kelly, freshening things up in the middle of the park. On 73 minutes, a seventh goal was added as a quick counter-attacking move started by McNeill was finished by Nixon who swept the ball past Anderson when one-one-one.
To their credit, the Welders continued to fight and got two goals back within two minutes.
Firstly, a close-range acrobatic effort from David Rainey pulled one back before Matthew Ferguson's header from a corner-kick found the bottom corner.
Carrick Rangers: Hogg, Neale, Rodgers, McCauley, Houston, Chapman, Kelly, Anderson, Strain, Smith, Nixon subs McNeill (replaced Chapman 73), McDermott (replaced Kelly 73), Gage (not used), Adamczyk (replaced Smith 65), Greenfield (not used)
HW Welders: Anderson, McMurtry, Armstrong, McMillan, Spence, Deans, Davidson, Dornan, Ferguson, Morrow, Gardiner subs Rainey (replaced Morrow 55), Arthurs (not used), O'Mahony (replaced Spence 30), Prentice (replaced Davidson 46), Moore (not used)
Referee: Declan Hassan