Carrick boss Gary Haveron: We blew a big chance to catch up
Carrick Rangers manager Gary Haveron was left frustrated as his team's inability to beat 10-man Portadown also saw them fail to capitalise on Warrenpoint Town's late slip up against Crusaders.
The Ports missed the chance to win the game when Mark McAllister's penalty was saved by Brian Neeson 15 minutes after Tim Mouncey was sent off and Carrick couldn't convert either, meaning they are still two points adrift of Warrenpoint at the bottom - although they have two games in hand.
"It was two points dropped for us rather than a point gained," said Haveron.
"When you're up against 10 men for more than half the game you've got to look to win it and we had chances to.
"We were missing seven players - four of them suspended - and we missed Conor McCluskey's quality in the final third.
"I think against the 10 men he might have helped us stretch them and move them around a bit more.
"Ronnie McFall has been under a bit of pressure, but you can see the players are fighting for him and they deserve some credit for that."
There were red cards and a missed penalty at Ballinamallard too as they beat Glentoran 1-0.
Elliott Morris' first touch of the ball was to save Jason McCartney's spot kick after Aaron Hogg had pulled him down.
Johnny Lafferty and Steven Gordon were then dismissed in first-half stoppage time before Adam Lecky hit the winner on the hour mark.
Ryan Harpur hit a fine hat-trick as Dungannon Swifts maintained their run of form with a 4-1 win at Ballymena.
Andrew Mitchell had put the Swifts 1-0 up early on and David Cushley and Allan Jenkins scored to bring them level after Harpur's first goal.
Rodney Brown, James McLaughlin and Brad Lyons scored as Coleraine hammered Cliftonville 3-1 at Solitude. David McDaid struck an injury-time consolation for the Reds.