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Haveron is aiming for more home comforts

Carrick Rgs 2 - Coleraine 1

By Peter Jordan

Conor McCloskey's double had Carrick Rangers manager Gary Haveron celebrating a first home league victory this season. Haveron said: "I'm delighted with the win considering how things have been going recently. We haven't played at home in a while, and it's obviously frustrating, but fair play to everyone at the club who believed things would turn for us."

The Belfast Loughshore Hotel Arena hadn't hosted a home fixture since October 31 because of a waterlogged pitch but with the additional drainage put in place earlier in the week - and a liberal sprinkling of sand - the game was given the go-ahead.

"At some stage the league will have to make a decision and if we have to move away that is what we will do," continued Haveron.

"But at the moment, we are trying hard to play all our games on our own pitch. I said at the start of the season our home form will determine if we stay in this division."

Carrick scored the opener midway through the first-half when McCloskey did magnificently to hook the ball into the net from just outside the six-yard box following a long throw.

The midfielder then headed home his second from a Miguel Chines corner in the 69th minute before Coleraine substitute Darren McCauley added a late consolation for the visitors with a close-range header.

Bannsiders manager Oran Kearney said: "I can't blame the pitch, I thought it held up well.

"In any event, anyone who has played in the Irish League knows you have to play the conditions. I thought we were a bit wasteful and they have a good keeper who pulled off some top class saves."

CARRICK: Neeson, Doyle (Kelly, 53 mins), Traynor, Taggart, Surgenor (McNeill, 83 mins), Harmon, Johnston, McKeown, McCloskey, Chines (Roy, 88 mins), Salley. Unused sub: Cherry, Kane

COLERAINE: Dougherty, Kane, Edgar, Beverland, Douglas, Higgins, McCafferty (McGonigle, 64 mins), Harkin, Brown (McCauley, 75 mins), McLaughlin, Lyons (Parkhill, 75 mins). Unused subs: Law, Morrow

Man of the match: Conor McCloskey

Match rating: 6/10

Referee: Tim Marshall (Irvinestown).

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