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Carrick Rangers on brink of a return to Danske Bank Premiership

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By Keith Bailie

Carrick Rangers took another step towards promotion to the Danske Bank Premiership with a 1-0 win over Donegal Celtic.

A second-half strike from Ryan Arthur gave Carrick a vital victory over relegation threatened DC and they are now one point clear of second placed Ards, who have played a game more. Bangor are in third place, two points behind Carrick on level games.

Carrick will be crowned champions on Tuesday night if they defeat PSNI at Newforge and Bangor fail to beat H&W Welders at Tillysburn.

A draw would take Bangor above neighbours Ards, with just one game to play.

The runners-up will play Warrenpoint Town in two-legged promotion/relegation play-off. The first leg will take place on Tuesday 28 April at the home of the Championship club, with the second leg in Warrenpoint on Friday 1 May.

Ards kept the pressure on Carrick with a 3-1 win over already relegated Dundela at Wilgar Park, with James Cully, Shane Dolan and Ross Arthurs scoring. Before the game Dundela boss Mark Snodden announced he will step down at the end of the season.

Bangor now know four points from their final two games should be enough to secure a play-off. They beat Armagh City 2-0, thanks to goals from Ethan Boylan and Jordan Forsythe.

At the bottom one point separates PSNI and Donegal Celtic. If PSNI can beat Carrick Rangers they will relegate DC to Championship Two.

Ballyclare secured their place in next season's second tier by beating PSNI 1-0 thanks to a goal from Andrew Simpson.

Elsewhere, H&W Welders beat Larne 5-0 at Inver Park with Michael McLellan hitting a hat-trick while Knockbreda beat Dergview 3-2 at Breda Park and Loughgall drew 1-1 with Distillery.

Championship Two leaders Lurgan Celtic drew 1-1 with Moyola Park at Mill Meadow. Limavady United moved into second place with a 2-0 win over Glebe Rangers, while Annagh Unite slipped to third after a 0-0 draw with Banbridge Town. With three games to play, three points split the top three teams.

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