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Carrick Rangers silencing critics

Carrick Rangers captain David McAlinden believes his team has already quietened down some of their critics.



And now the big defender is out to silence the rest by prolonging Ballymena United’s wait for their first home win of the season.

Stephen Small’s newly promoted side have been widely tipped to make an immediate return to the Championship at the end of the season, but they have already displayed the kind of fighting qualities that will be needed in order to stave off relegation — not least in beating Glenavon at Mourneview Park.

Rangers were brought back down to earth when they lost 3-1 to Dungannon Swifts on Friday night, but the opportunity to bounce back quickly has been presented to them by the fixture list, which sends them to the Ballymena Showgrounds tonight.

“I’m sure people had us down for three defeats (in the first three games) but I think we have shown we are not just here to make up the numbers,” said McAlinden.

“Crusaders showed why they are title contenders but with a little bit of luck we may have gotten a draw.

“Glenavon was probably our least impressive performance, but the boys showed great heart and determination by securing the three points.”

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