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Ards 3 Carrick Rangers 1: Ards have proved early success wasn't a fluke, says boss Currie

Ards 3 Carrick Rangers 1

By Keith Bailie

Ards boss Niall Currie believes Saturday's 3-1 win over Carrick Rangers demonstrates that his side are in it for the long-haul.

After topping the Danske Bank Premiership in August, Ards lost three of their four league games in September.

Carrick, without a manager after Kieran Harding's resignation, opened the scoring via Martin Murray's sixth-minute penalty.

Michael Ruddy equalised from the spot in the 34th minute, before Emmet Friars nodded home just after the break. Ards' Gareth Tommons was sent off, but Carl McComb wrapped up the points.

Currie said: "People were doubting us, but we showed our success wasn't a wee run. We're capable of winning regularly."

Ards: Hogg, Hall, Friars, McMullan, Ruddy; McCullough (Arthurs, 54 mins), Tommons, McMillen, McKinney, McAllister (Douglas, 65 mins), Keke (McComb, 65 mins). Unused Subs : Hughes, Rea.

Carrick: Neeson, McKeown, Surgenor (Wilson, 61 mins), McNally, Hanley (Lavery, 70 mins), M Murray, Taggart, Morrow, Foster (TJ Murray, 34 mins), McCullough, Salley. Unused Subs: McNicholl, Rice.

Referee: Steven Taylor (Belfast)

Man of the match: Greg Hall

Match rating: 7/10

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