Daniel Kelly celebrates putting Carrick into an early lead (Picture: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye.com)
Tuesday, 22 March 2016
Carrick Rangers stunned Crusaders with a fantastic 4-3 defeat of the league leaders just days after losing heavily to the Stephen Baxter's side.
Gary Haveron's men raced into a three-goal lead at the break.
Daniel Kelly opened the scoring as early as the sixth minute with a curling effort beyond Sean O'Neill.
Adam Salley made it 2-0 on 29 minutes with a thundering strike into the top corner after meeting a Mark Surgenor lob.
Then, on 37 minutes, Aaron Harmon added a third after Salley held off the attentions of Colin Coates to poke the ball clear.
Crusaders reduced the arrears on 56 minutes through Michael Carvill who headed home Jordan Forsythe's long throw-in.
And it was 3-2 with just under a quarter-of-an-hour remaining when, following a poor Brian Neeson goalkick, Paul Heatley returned the ball back into the net.
But Carrick restored their three-goal cushion with a couple of minutes to go after substitute Ben Roy collected a Kelly pass to beat both Coates and O'Neill.
As the game drifted into stoppage time both sides were reduced to ten men when Harmon and Josh Robinson were dismissed following a brawl.
Forsythe grabbed a 94th minute consolation for the Crues with a header but nothing was going to deny Carrick the points.
Carrick Rangers: Neeson, Smyth, Traynor, Surgenor, Kelly, Harmon, Wright, Doyle, McCloskey, Salley, Taggart subs McCaul (replaced Surgenor 66), Roy (replaced Wright 80), Chines (not used), Rice (not used), Wallace (replaced Salley 87)
Crusaders: O'Neill, Burns, Coates, Robinson, McClean, Clarke, Caddell, Forsythe, Heatley, Owens, O'Carroll subs Snoddy (replaced Clarke 46), Mitchell (replaced McClean 76), Carvill (replaced O'Carroll 46), Whyte (not used), McKibbin (not used)
Referee: Tim Marshall
|Aaron Harmon||90 +1||37|
|Sean O'Neill||90 +1|
|Billy Joe Burns|
|Joshua Robinson||90 +1|
|Jordan Forsythe||90 +4|