Gary Haveron is thrilled with crucial win for Carrick at Ballinamallard
Ballinamallard 1-3 Carrick Rangers
Carrick Rangers manager Gary Haveron knows the importance of wins like the one his side picked up on Saturday at Ferney Park against Ballinamallard United.
Victories over teams in the top half of the table are welcome but it is wins over those sides around Carrick that are key, according to Haveron.
First-half goals from Kyle Cherry and Miguel Chines put Carrick in charge but they suffered a setback after the break when Aaron Harmon was shown a red card after he was adjudged to have head-butted Liam McMenamin.
The 10 men responded well and a Mark Surgenor goal made it 3-0 before The Mallards pulled one back from the penalty spot through Jason McCartney.
"We have to try and get the maximum amount of points as we can from teams around us," said Haveron. "We have to look at those teams in the bottom half. I said to the board at the start I would be delighted to finish 10th, if I finish fourth in that mini-league then we are in the league again and we can build."
And he felt that Harmon's dismissal was harsh.
"It was right in front of us and I thought it was a red card for the challenge that initially went in. Aaron is then laying on the ground and the player grabs him and pulls him up to his feet and he is obviously a wee bit agitated at that. For me it goes down to the interpretation of what a head-butt actually is."
Haveron's Ballinamallard counterpart Whitey Anderson was disappointed.
"The first-half was as bad as I can remember in four years in the Premier League," he stated. "We had too many players who didn't step up to the mark."
BALLINAMALLARD: Rouse, McMenamin, Friars, Carters, McLaughlin, McCartney, Martin, Lecky (Lafferty, 46 mins) , McKenna, Campbell, McCrudden (Courtney, 46 mins, [Feeney, 74 mins])
Carrick: Neeson, Surgenor, Kelly, Harmon, McNeill, Cherry (Cash, 87 mins), Chines (Kane, 81 mins), Johnston, Mackie (McCaul, 65 mins), Browne, Doyle.
Man of the match: Miguel Chines
Match rating: 7/10
Referee: John Deighan (Limavady)