Ryan Campbell (40)


Caolan Loughran (54)
Caolan Loughran (59p)


Caolan Loughran scored both Carrick's goals (Picture: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye.com)


Carrick Rangers kept up their promotion push and gained revenge for Monday's cup defeat with a league victory over Ballinamallard United back at Ferney Park.

The first half was very limited in chances with both sides evenly matched, but it was the Mallards who were to strike first on 39 minutes. Chris Kelly picked up a loose ball and threaded a pass through to Ryan Campbell who fired past Aaron Hogg.

Rangers equalised on 54 minutes with Caolan Loughran's strike from distance finding it's way through the penalty area and low into the right hand corner which boosted Niall Currie's men.

Then on 59 the visitors were awarded a penalty when Kelly tried to block a cross from the left, but the ball made contact with his outstretched arm. Loughran scored his second from the spot.

The Mallards searched for an equaliser and almost got one right at the death. Hogg stood tall to superbly save Robbie Hume's shot and then Richard Clarke's follow up shot was cleared off the line.

Ballinamallard United: Connolly, Taheny, Smyth, Clarke, Arkinson, Campbell, McCartney, Kelly, McIlwaine, O'Reilly, Warrington subs Byrne (not used), Henderson (not used), Robb (replaced McIlwaine 64), Harney (not used), Hume (replaced Warrington 64)

Carrick Rangers: Hogg, Chapman, Neale, Surgenor, Houston, Loughran, McMillen, McNeill, Strain, Kelly, Nixon subs McCauley (not used), McDermott (not used), Coyle (replaced Nixon 85), Smith (replaced Strain 62), Anderson (replaced Kelly 54)

Referee: Diarmuid Harrigan