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Carrick Rangers 1-1 Glentoran: Neeson's top stops net a point for Carrick

By Peter Jordan

Carrick Rangers goalkeeper Brian Neeson earned his manager's praise following an outstanding display in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Glentoran.

The stopper was equal to anything thrown at him in the first-half, allowing his side to muscle their way back into the game after the interval.

Boss Gary Haveron said: "I knew it was going to take something special to beat him after his first-half performance.

"He's not the biggest of keepers, but he doesn't let anyone dominate him and that's why we brought him in.

"We were a yard off the pace but we improved after the break and I know my team will fight for everything.

"So, I'm happy with the point, considering our first half display."

The second-half was a much more scrappy affair as Carrick began to grow in confidence and Glentoran's intensity dipped somewhat.

And it was the home side who took a shock lead in the 64th minute when Ben Roy's deflected shot left Aaron Hogg with no chance.

However, Marcus Kane rescued a point with a great piece of individual skill, lifting the ball over a defender with his left foot before unleashing an unstoppable half-volley with his right 14 minutes from the end.

Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson said: "We could have been three up in the first-half but we just couldn't put the ball away."

CARRICK: Neeson, Cherry, Arthur (Browne, 46 mins), Surgenor, Kelly, Harmon, McNeill, Doyle, Chines (Miskimmin, 65 mins) Roy, McCloskey 7. Unused subs: Kane, Johnston, McKenna.

GLENTORAN: Hogg, Kane, Holland, Birney, Scullion (McCaffrey, 69 mins), Allen, Stewart, McAlorum (Gibson, 82 mins), Addis, Nelson (O'Hanlon, 69 mins), McMenamin. Unused subs: Garrett, Magee.

Man of the match: Brian Neeson.

Referee: Steven Taylor (Belfast)

Glentoran starlet Jordan Stewart could be poised to join League One club Swindon Town.

The 20-year-old is a target for the Robins and both clubs are thrashing out a fee or the talented winger.

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