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Douglas Wilson conjures late magic to rescue Dungannon Swifts in Carrick Rangers draw

Carrick Rangers 2-2 Dungannon S

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 12/02/2016

Drawing comfort: Douglas Wilson hit the late equaliser
Drawing comfort: Douglas Wilson hit the late equaliser

Douglas Wilson hit a stunning late equaliser to rescue a point for Dungannon Swifts in the big basement battle at Seaview.

The Co Tyrone side were two minutes from a damaging defeat to relegation rivals Carrick Rangers when the midfielder struck.

Picking the ball up 25 yards from goal, he hit a left-foot volley to ensure the points were shared.

Swifts remain above Carrick on goal difference, however they looked to be heading for defeat after Conor McCloskey put Carrick ahead in the 67th minute.

Earlier, Terry Fitzpatrick had struck to cancel out Miguel Chines' opener.

Chines had scored both goals when Rangers beat Dungannon on the opening day and he was on the scoresheet again 31 minutes into last night's game.

There seemed little danger when Adam Salley won a free-kick around 35 yards from goal but Chines' left-footed effort deceived everyone, including goalkeeper Andy Coleman, and found the net via the back post.

Carrick had the clearer opportunities early on, with Chines going close after eight minutes when he was played in by McCloskey, but his low effort was aimed straight at Coleman.

Dungannon's best chance of the half fell to Cormac Burke, who turned and hit a shot from the edge of the box which flew wide.

After Chines' opener, Carrick went close to a second through Kyle Cherry. His shot from the edge of the box was driven into the ground but still had enough pace to draw a good stop from the goalkeeper.

Dungannon started the second half with more purpose and levelled in the 54th minute when Fitzpatrick, making his first league start in almost two months, looked up, picked his spot and hit a perfectly executed drive which went in via the woodwork.

It stirred Carrick back into life and they retook the lead in the 67th minute; Aaron Traynor swinging over a cross from the left for McCloskey to guide home.

Dungannon almost levelled immediately when Dermot McCaffrey's cross struck the top of the crossbar and was palmed away by the goalkeeper.

Traynor had a chance to seal it for Carrick after being teed up in the box, but shot wastefully wide.

At the other end Andrew Mitchell had a penalty claim turned down after he was felled by Andrew Doyle, but Dungannon kept battling and were rewarded when Wilson fired home in the 88th minute.

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