Stephen Small’s Carrick Rangers put the brakes on Donegal Celtic’s aim of creeping back into the Carling Premiership’s top four at the weekend.
Inflicting a third league defeat at home on the wee hoops, goals from ex-Donegal Celtic player Anto Lagan and defender David McAlinden recorded a third league win for Rangers, whose only blot was a late goal for DC’s Darren Murray.
“We set our stall out to target this as a game we could win,” said Small. “We geared the players up to win the battles all over the park and use the bit of quality we have on the wings.
“It was about meeting Donegal Celtic in a physical battle because that is one of their strengths.
“Even when Donegal Celtic scored, we coped well. While it is always worrying when you concede late on, I thought we deserved to win.
“We are learning every week and we just need to stop getting hung up about losing a few games because there will always be one around the corner that we can target for a win.”