Belfast Telegraph

Roy returns to haunt former club as Carrick Rangers edge into the next round

By Keith Bailie

Carrickfergus lad Ben Roy fired his hometown club into the Sixth Round of the Irish Cup, with a late winner against his old team.

Last season Roy was the top goalscorer in the Belfast Telegraph Championship, hitting 25 goals for Dundela. After a disappointing six month spell at Premiership side Ards, Roy returned to the Championship to sign for his hometown club of Carrick Rangers.

With the scores poised at 2-2, Roy hit the winning goal for Carrick at Inver Park in the 87th minute to send his old club crashing out of the Irish Cup.

Reflecting on the game, Roy said: “It's been months since I've played a full 90 minutes, so to get two full games in a row feels great.

“It also felt great to get on the score sheet, but it was a day of mixed emotions for me. I had two great years at Dundela, so I felt bad for knocking them out of the Irish Cup with a late goal.

“I loved my time at Dundela and I've still got a lot of good friends at the club and I have a lot of respect for everybody who is involved with the club, but on Saturday I was playing for Carrick and scoring the winner was a big moment for me.”

Stephen McCain gave the Duns a 1-0 half time lead, before former Cliftonville forward Jody Lynch scored twice to give Rangers the lead. Owain Beggs thought he'd earned Dundela a reply but Roy got the winner with three minutes left on the clock.

Roy hopes the exciting Irish Cup win can kick start Carrick's season, as the club aimed to claim promotion to the Premiership.

“This is a new challenge for me, but I've been able to settle in quickly because I'm from the town and I already know a lot of the people who are involved with the club.

“I think there's a good group of players here and hopefully Saturday's win over Dundela will kick start a winning run. Our aim is to finish as high up the table as possible and go as far as we can in the Irish Cup.”

1976 Irish Cup winners Carrick Rangers will travel to Dixon Park to face local rivals Ballyclare Comrades in the Sixth Round. The exciting draw means there will be one East Antrim team in the Quarter Finals of the Irish Cup.

Also, with Queen's University set to play the winners of the replay between PSNI and Lisburn Distillery, we will have two Belfast Telegraph Championship clubs in the last eight.

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