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Michael Smith knocked home two spot-kicks (©INPHO/Freddie Parkinson)

SMITH SPOT-KICK DOUBLE MOVES CARRICK INTO THIRD

Two Michael Smith penalties helped Carrick Rangers to victory over Portadown at Shamrock Park.

Carrick might have gone in front after nine minutes but Stewart Nixon's goalbound effort was blocked on the line by Johnny Flynn.

Another chance followed soon after through Daniel Kelly only for his long range effort to fall just wide.

Portadown began to create openings of their own with a flowing team move ending with Adam Salley testing Aaron Hogg from distance followed by a Ryan Carmichael header from just outside the box.

Kelly then fired into the side-netting for Carrick and Gerard Storey sent an effort over at the other end.

The deadlock was broken just before the hour when Gerard Thompson was found guilty of a foul in the Portadown box prompting referee Declan Hassan to award a penalty which Smith duly converted.

Then, six minutes later, a second spot-kick was awarded. Captain Flynn was the culprit on this occasion but, for a second time in the game, Smith made no mistake to double Carrick's lead.

That effectively sealed the game and other than a Storey free-kick the Ports never really looked like finding their way back into proceedings.

Portadown: Blair, Carson, Flynn, Lavery, Salley, Hall, Thompson, Wilson, Carmichael, Mackle, Storey subs Neill (not used), Larkin (not used), Kilmartin (not used), Anderson (replaced Carson 67), Douglas (replaced Salley 81)

Carrick Rangers: Hogg, Chapman, Neale, Surgenor, Rodgers, Loughran, Warwick, McDermott, Kelly, Nixon, M. Smith subs Murray (replaced Nixon 85), Brennan (replaced Surgenor 37), J. Moore (replaced M. Smith 86), Gage (not used), McCauley (not used)

Referee: Declan Hassan

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