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Currie glad to repay Carrick with step up

 

Carrick manager Niall Currie
Carrick manager Niall Currie

By Keith Bailie

Niall Currie's Carrick Rangers have made a dramatic return to the Danske Bank Premiership.

His 10-man Carrick defeated Ards 2-1 at the Bangor Fuels Arena last night to give them a 3-1 aggregate win. It was a remarkable performance, with early goals from Mark Surgenor and Ryan Strain settling the tie.

Johnny Taylor pulled one back for Ards, but even a red card for Carrick's Chris Rodgers was not enough to spark an Ards comeback and they drop into the Championship after three years in the Premiership.

It was a proud moment for Currie who feared his managerial days were over after he was sacked by his hometown club Portadown last year. It was also a poignant result as Currie spent six seasons at Ards.

"After what happened at Portadown, I was on my knees. I was in a really bad place and I wasn't sure if I was going to get back to here," Currie said.

"Carrick Rangers came along and gave me a massive opportunity at a time when I didn't expect anything, and I will always be grateful for that chance to rebuild my career.

"But the real heroes are my players. They played three games in six days to get promotion and they won all three of them after finishing second in the league to a Larne team that's on another level."

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Ards manager Warren Feeney is unsure whether or not he will remain at the club.

"I'm not sure what my future holds," he admitted. "It's not entirely my decision. Perhaps Ards will want to go in a different direction. I'll sit down with the chairman and discuss things."

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