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Carrick are up for the fight: Loughran

Ciaran Loughran
Ciaran Loughran

By Steven Beacom

Carrick Rangers defender Ciaran Loughran has insisted his side will not go down without a fight this season.

Niall Currie's men are on a survival mission in the Danske Bank Premiership and even though Loughran hit the back of the Larne net in midweek, the top flight new boys are still to bag their first point two games in.

Ahead of the trip to Institute this afternoon, former Ballymena United man Loughran says his side are aiming high and no one should underestimate the spirit in the dressing room.

"At Carrick last season I have never experienced a dressing room as tight as ours in all my career," he said.

"We were struggling at the start of the season and when we conceded a goal that was us beat.

"Clifford Adams brought in a guy called Philip Gillespie who lost his leg while serving in Afghanistan for a talk on teamwork and sticking together when things go wrong.

"He stood on a landmine and explained how he came back in life and fought depression.

"The next Saturday we were playing Ballinamallard and 1-0 down at half-time. In the changing room I could just tell we would do something special and I scored two goals, we won 2-1.

"The week after we were 2-0 down against Dundela but came back to win 3-2.

"Then we were 2-0 down against Portadown at Shamrock Park but fought back to draw 2-2.

"Then we beat Larne 1-0. Ever since that motivational talk we took inspiration and pushed on.

"We are young, hungry and have experience in the right areas.

"A lot of our boys have points to prove in their career and that's a massive factor in any team.

"I think we are every bit as good as Institute were when they first went up.

"Why can't we aim for the stars and see where it takes us?"

Loughran could have left Carrick in the summer but he stayed loyal to the Amber Army.

"I did have other offers but Carrick were loyal to me and I had a fantastic year with them," he added.

"I do want to play at as high a level as I can but for footballing reasons and loyalty I felt I had to give Carrick another year at least.

"You can't just walk into the top teams."

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