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Callaghan sees momentum in Gers' bid to avoid the drop

Carrick Rangers 3 Portadown 2

By Kris Jack

Aaron Callaghan believes Saturday's victory over Portadown can push Carrick on to surviving the drop for the second year running.

Callaghan's men earned a 3-2 win over the Ports in a miserable day at Taylors Avenue, and he reckons it's the swing in luck that they need to stave off their relegation fears.

"First of all I'm delighted with the result, it was an important result to us, particularly the fact that they were 10 points behind us going in to this knowing a win probably could have given them momentum, so it's now switched and it's given us the momentum, maybe to catch Ballinamallard.

"Maybe the winner was fortuitous but it's been a while since we had a bit of luck like that and we'll take that."

That fortuitous clincher from TJ Murray was the odd goal in five in what was, for the most part, an entertaining encounter between the bottom two sides.

Carrick took the lead on 35 minutes through a debated Matt Hazely own goal, but Portadown levelled four minutes later when Marcio Soares poked home the loose ball from a corner.

Marty Murray then restored Rangers' lead on their next foray forward, blasting in to the top left corner from all of 30 yards.

However, Soares equalised for a second time on the stroke of half-time, combining with Stephen Hughes at the edge of the area, before coolly side-footing in to Brian Neeson's right hand corner from 18 yards.

As the deluge continued in the second half, the goals dried up, until the 71st minute when Stephen McCullough played a short corner to Linfield loanee TJ Murray, who whipped a high cross in to the box from the left wing that bent over the top of Duffin, right in to the far corner of the goal.

It was a deserved victory in the end for Carrick, putting further daylight between them and Ports who look all but down after this loss.

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