Haveron looking up as Carrick banish pain
Ballinamallard 1-2 Carrick Rangers
Ferney Park is proving a happy hunting ground for Gary Haveron's Carrick Rangers side as they secured victory for a second time this season at Ballinamallard.
On this occasion they had to do it with 10 men for the whole of the second half after Conor McCloskey had been red carded just before half time after he clashed with Mallards captain James McKenna.
A Johnny Lafferty own goal had put Carrick into an early lead only for McKenna to level in the 20th minute.
However, the 10 men went on to snatch all three points with 15 minutes to go as Aaron Traynor raced through the Mallards defence to fire home.
Carrick remain 11th in the table but the victory sees them close to within two points of ninth-placed Mallards with three games in hand.
"It was a massive result for us because it has been a tough couple of months so we're delighted to get the win," said Haveron.
"The last couple of months we have been played everybody in the top half of the table.
"We knew this was going to be a very important spell with Ballinamallard, Warrenpoint next then we have got Dungannon shortly afterwards.
"We knew that's what our season would hinge on, the teams that are in and around us. It was a big three points and brings them a little bit closer to us."
On McCloskey's red card, Haveron added: "I don't think it was a bad tackle but I don't know what he was sent off for, whether it was the tackle or maybe the wee melee afterwards.
"It was tough on the rest of the boys but to a man they were excellent in the second half and they worked extremely hard for each other which was exactly what we wanted."
Disappointed Mallards boss Whitey Anderson said: "It was a diabolical performance. There was a few harsh words said in the changing room afterwards, if you want to stay in this league you have got to play better than that."