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Aaron Callaghan backs Carrick Rangers to fight on

By Graham Luney

Sometimes confidence can take a battering after a Cup final loss but Carrick Rangers players can hold their heads high.

Ballymena United didn't feel confident of victory in this League Cup final until that sweet finish from Conor McCloskey right at the death.

"The challenge for me coming in was always changing the mentality of the players and I think there was a bit of evidence of that in the final, we were strong for long periods and also performed well against a strong Linfield team the weekend before," said Carrick boss Aaron Callaghan.

"I said it was a challenge from day one that we could stay in this league and I'm confident after that performance and with the players that we have on the bench and just outside the squad that we will be competing until the end of the season."

Callaghan has been busy bolstering his squad and it takes time for players to link up effectively. He added: "When you train together and we have brought in about 10 players in the window which can be difficult as well, without them having a pre-season you need to improve the communication in training verbally and non-verbally.

"When players train together they can understand what moves they should and shouldn't make.

"The lads put a shift in and I felt there was nothing between the teams but the first goal was damaging. The second goal came at a time when we were throwing everything at them.

"I'd rather lose a game 2-0 after having a go but the last-minute equaliser didn't come."

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