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Carrick may need Glens to give them another lifeline

Glentoran 1 Carrick Rangers 2

By Ian Callender

Carrick Rangers boss Davy McAlinden will hope that Glentoran take their first half form into next weekend's final Premiership game against Ballinamallard, rather than their feeble second half capitulation at The Oval on Saturday.

Rangers stormed back from a goal down to take all three points and go back above the Mallards on goal difference, but they know that if they beat Warrenpoint in their last game of the regular season, they will have a two-legged relegation play-off to preserve their Premiership status. Anything less and they will be relying on a favour from the Glens.

"Saturday will be another massive game and three points can give us a chance to stay in the Premiership, an opportunity no-one gave us after Tuesday," said McAlinden.

"I thought Glentoran went in undeservedly one goal up, and we have lost so many matches by the odd goal you get the feeling you ask the players can they respond and there is only so many times you can ask them. But to come back today with the attitude they did today was outstanding."

Trailing to a James Ferrin headed goal after 29 minutes, Carrick were level 10 minutes into the second half when Lee Chapman swept home and Eamon McAllister scored the winner 10 minutes later after good work by Michael Smith.

A repeat at Warrenpoint on Saturday could be enough to extend Carrick's season.

Glentoran: Morris; Ferrin, Birney, Addis, Redman; McMahon, Knowles (K Nelson, 76 mins), Kane, Davidson (Kelly, 72 mins); McGuigan (O'Hanlon, 45 mins), Allen. Unused subs: O'Neill, D Nelson.

Carrick: Doherty; Smyth, McNally, McNulty, Edgar; Chapman, Kotty, Hassin, McAllister (Larmour, 90 mins); Henderson (Morrow, 89 mins), Clackin (Smith, 52 mins). Unused subs: Taggart, Anau.

Referee: Tim Marshall

Man of the Match: Eamon McAllister

Match rating: 6/10

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