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Carrick boss Haveron is left seeing red after Smyth's sending off

Warrenpoint Town 1 - Carrick Rangers 1

By Gareth McCullough

Carrick Rangers manager Gary Haveron bemoaned the decision of referee Keith Kennedy to send off Aaron Smyth in the second-half of a match his side were cruising in on Saturday.

Smyth was shown a second yellow and stand-in right-back Conor McCloskey subsequently fouled Conor McDonald for the penalty that led to Warrenpoint's equaliser from Stephen Murray nine minutes from time.

This came after Mark Clarke had seen red for the hosts early in the second-half and Adam Salley had given Carrick the lead.

"I thought we were much the better side," said Haveron. "It was sloppiness on our behalf to concede the penalty, but I think the referee has evened it up. It's never (Aaron Smyth's red card) a sending off."

Haveron admitted that he will be keeping a close eye on the outcome of Portadown's disciplinary hearing this evening.

"It can't be overlooked," he added. "I don't want to prosper from somebody else's misfortune, but if they are deemed to have gone outside the rules and the IFA do what they have to do, we'll take whatever we can out of it."

Town boss Barry Gray added: "I'm delighted with the point. It's pivotal."

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