Cormac Burke doubled Dungannon's lead late in the game (©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton)
Saturday, 07 April 2018
Two second half goals helped Dungannon Swifts defeat Carrick Rangers at Stangmore Park and plunge the visitors ever deeper into the relegation battle.
This loss, coupled with Ballinamallard United's victory over Warrenpoint Town sees only two points seperate the Mallards and the 'Gers with the sides due to meet later this month.
Seanan Clucas might have opened the scoring after just four minutes only to send a header high and wide from a Mark Patton free-kick from the left.
Carrick had the ball in the net on 11 minutes but this was ruled out for offside against Eamon McAllister while, midway through the half, a Douglas Wilson long range effort tested Harry Doherty.
And the Carrick 'keeper was called into action again soon after to thwart a fantastic curling effort from Paul McElroy and, again, on 37 minutes to tip a Chris Hegarty header over.
The Swifts finally found a way through on 65 minutes when Ally Teggart swung a corner in for Clucas to rise highest to power a header past Doherty.
Cormac Burke almost added a second with just under a quarter-of-an-hour remaining but Doherty did well again.
But he had no answer to Burke with a minute to go. Ryan Mayse broke down the left to deliver a great pass for Burke to calmly turn it around Doherty to double the Swifts' lead.
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Dungannon Swifts: Addis, Hegarty, Wilson, Armstrong, McElroy, Teggart, O'Rourke, Patton, Lowe, Clucas, Hughes subs Burke (replaced McElroy 77), Fitzpatrick (replaced Lowe 77), Mayse (replaced Patton 60), McMenamin (not used), Campbell (not used)
Carrick Rangers: Doherty, Smyth, Surgenor, McNally, Chapman, J. Smith, McAllister, Kottoy, Hassin, Larmour, Henderson subs Edgar (not used), Taggart (replaced Kottoy 70), M. Smith (not used), Mooney (replaced Smyth 79), Anau (replaced Smith 64)
Referee: Ian McNabb