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Carrick Rangers 1 Donegal Celtic 2

By Keith Bailie

Donegal Celtic got back to winning ways and pulled further away from the bottom after a late goal sealed a 2-1 victory over Carrick Rangers at Seaview last night.

Jonathan Gowdy got on the end of a Paul McVeigh cross to cruelly deny Carrick what would have been a vital point in the 87th minute, and end a run of four straight defeats for the Hoops.

Carrick gave Donegal Celtic a scare on the 27th minute when Stephen O'Neill found some room on the edge of the box and fired a powerful shot towards goal, which forced Robert Robinson into a good save.

Celtic went on to take the lead in the 40th minute when Gowdy put the on-rushing Rangers goalkeeper Maros Valko under pressure on the edge of the box.

Valko got to the ball first, but his slide tackle only sent the ball towards the centre of the box, where Eamon McAllister was able to knock the ball into the unguarded net.

David McAlinden got the Carrick equaliser in the 65th minute when he found space in the box, controlled a quick thrown-in and curled the ball beyond Robinson into the far corner of the goal.

Just as the points looked set to be shared Gowdy popped up a 12 yard header to win the game for Donegal Celtic, after substitute Paul McVeigh had put in a superb cross.

Carrick Rangers are still yet to win a game at their temporary home at Seaview and look vulnerable to relegation, if Glenavon can find the right manager. The victory puts Donegal Celtic into seventh spot, while Carrick remain in 11th place.

Carrick Rangers: Valko, Smith, Taggart, McAlinden (McClean 89), Bell, Heatley, Anderson, Hutchinson, Owens (McDowell 73), Lynch, O'Neill.

Not used: Brown, Hogan, Deans

Donegal Celtic: Robinson, Keegan (Lambe 73), Harkness, Bradley, O'Hara, Henderson (McVeigh 73) , Bradley, McNamee, O'Connor, McAllister, Gowdy.

Not used: Burns, Muir, Murray

Referee: Raymond Crangle (Belfast)

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