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By Ruth Gorman

The Police were not in their usual helpful mood last Saturday - instead they dealt Carrick Ladies a major blow by inflicting on them their first defeat of the season.

PSNI won the game 3-2 and Carrick's hopes of staying in touch with Senior Three leaders Dromore are now slim.

"It's very disappointing to lose our first game of the season just before our crunch match against Dromore," said Carrick spokesperson Peter Stevenson.

"But we've absolutely no cause for complaint. PSNI were stronger and sharper than us up front and we struggled continually to contain their attacks.

"Dromore are now be seven points ahead of us and, even with half the season still to play, that gap's already looking insurmountable. Nobody's come close this season to beating Dromore and we really don't see that changing.

"But promotion is still achievable of course and while this defeat has allowed Grosvenor to draw level with us on points, we're still sitting second on goal difference.

"It's certainly not between just us and Grosvenor as we also have PSNI and Raphoe storming up on the rails and Larne are still in there with a shout."

Carrick started promisingly and, with only three minutes on the clock, Christine Waide's delightful through pass to Lois Passmore set up Zara Lough to neatly slide the ball between the PSNI goalkeeper and the near post.

However, from then on, PSNI took command and began to slice Carrick apart at the back with some excellent attacking drives.

PSNI equalised on 10 minutes and took the lead four minutes later with another penetrating attack.

Carrick appeared to have found some composure as half time approached but with only minutes to go PSNI made it 3-1 as the Carrick defence once again found themselves in disarray.

Hopes of a late Carrick comeback were briefly raised when Emma Boal netted a deflected penalty corner hit from Lorna Hill but this proved to be too little too late as the final whistle blew on a 3-2 victory for PSNI.

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