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Carrick Rangers 0-0 Glenavon: Gary Hamilton has faith that Lurgan Blues will soon find their shooting boots

By Ian Callender

Published 17/10/2016

New Carrick Rangers manager Aaron Callaghan guided his men to their first point in eight games with a draw against Glenavon
New Carrick Rangers manager Aaron Callaghan guided his men to their first point in eight games with a draw against Glenavon

On the day that new Carrick Rangers manager Aaron Callaghan guided his men to their first point in eight games, it was more of the same for Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton.

With just one victory in their previous five outings, the fixture at Taylor's Avenue looked to be the perfect opportunity to claim back to back wins for the first time this season. Instead, after creating enough chances to win at least a couple of games, it left Hamilton having to explain why the goals have dried up - seven in eight league games is their worst run for almost five years - and in particular for striker Eoin Bradley, who missed the easiest of the match.

"Centre forwards go through periods where things don't go in the back of the net but the most pleasing aspect for me is that apart from the one when he put it over the bar (from six yards) he hit the target and didn't get the rub of the green. But he is getting into positions and when the next one goes in hopefully he will go on a run," said Hamilton.

"But it wasn't just him, it was one of those days when it didn't go into the net and the fear was they would hit us on the break, but thankfully they didn't."

Carrick: Neeson, Chapman , McKeown (McNicholl, 63 mins), Surgenor , McCullough, M Murray, Taggart, Rice (Wilson, 46 mins), Hanley (Morrow, 67 mins), TJ Murray, Salley. Unused subs: Morrell, Waide

Glenavon: Tuffey, McGrory, Doyle, Lindsay, Marshall, Hall (Patton, 82 mins), Sykes, Martyn, McCourt, Braniff (Bates, 60 mins), Bradley (Hamilton, 69 mins). Unused subs: Neill, Kilmartin

Referee: Ian McNabb (Newtownabbey)

Man of the match: Brian Neeson

Match rating: 5/10

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