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Kieran Harding talks the talk and then walks the walk away from Carrick Rangers

Carrick Rangers 0 Dungannon Swifts 3

By Kris Jack

Kieran Harding stepped down as Carrick Rangers manager in the aftermath of Saturday's 3-0 home defeat to Dungannon Swifts, despite claiming that it was too early in the season for his fate to be decided.

"People start to panic when they see that Carrick are sitting second bottom and that's a natural reaction, but this league has a long, long way to go," he said immediately after the match.

"It doesn't take off until after Christmas and the situation is to make sure you're still there going into January and you can hopefully bring a few new players in. You have to battle and scrap for every point like Ballinamallard will do and Glentoran will do and Portadown will do.

"With the results today, no one is going away. It's going to be a battle 'til the end of the season and that's the way I see it will go. The table doesn't take shape until after Christmas and all you can do is hope that you are still in the situation."

However, an hour later, Harding (below) was announced to have removed himself from said situation via a statement on the club's website.

Substitute Stefan Lavery's first touch set Dungannon on their way before Andy Mitchell's double rubber-stamped the Swifts' authority.

CARRICK: Neeson, Surgenor, McNally, McCullough, Taggart, Wilson (Rice, 76 mins), Morrow, TJ Murray , M Murray, Salley, Hanley (McNicholl, 86 mins). Unused subs: English, McFall, Chapman.

DUNGANNON: Coleman, Hegarty, Wilson (Clucas, 82 mins), Armstrong, Glackin, Mitchell, Harpur, Teggart (Hazley, 82 mins), O'Rourke, Burns, Burke (Lavery, 67 mins). Unused subs: Addis, Fitzpatrick.

Referee: Arnold Hunter (Maguiresbridge)

Man of the match: Andy Mitchell

Match rating: 7/10

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