Carrick Rangers Miguel Chines holds nerve to end Crumlin Star's dream
Carrick Rangers 1-0 Crumlin Star
A Miguel Chines penalty was enough to see off a plucky Crumlin Star side at Seaview, as Carrick Rangers edged through to the quarter-finals of the Tennents Irish Cup.
In a game littered with half-chances, the opening exchanges offered little excitement - a shot on the turn from Star frontman Ciaran Murphy, and a low effort at the end of a run from deep by Carrick's Aaron Traynor the only efforts of note.
Chines saw a shot sail over in the 15th minute after the Crumlin defence dallied on the ball and at the other end a Barry McKervey free-kick whistled over Brian Neeson's bar from 25 yards. A miscue from Harmon then allowed Anthony Burns a run on goal after the half hour, but his advances were thwarted by Rangers' centre backs.
Clear cut chances were again few and far between at the start of the second half but the game turned in the 62nd minute when McCloskey was felled in the box by Gary McKernan, who duly received his marching orders. Chines made no mistake from the spot to give Gary Haveron's side the lead, smashing in off the left hand post.
A goal and a man to the good, Carrick's nerves visibly settled as they took control. Aaron Traynor's shot from distance skimmed the bar, before Ryan Kane's looping cross was touched on to the woodwork by McNeill as Carrick pushed for a second.
But Chines' spot-kick was enough to set up a last-eight tie with Crusaders next month.
Carrick: Neeson, Smyth, Doyle, Taggart, Traynor, Kane, Harmon, Johnston, McCloskey (McCaul, 85), Salley, (Kelly, 61) Chines (Wright, 90)Subs: Wallace,Rice
Crumlin Star: McNeill, Campbell, A.McNeill, McKernan, Byrne, McClarnon, Brown (O'Neill, 81) Mooney (Prigent, 81) Burns, Murphy, McKervey. Subs:, J.Campbell, McDowell, Mervyn
Man of the Match: Conor McCloskey
Referee: Ian McNabb