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Carrick Rangers boss can't find the words after suffering Dungannon Swifts mauling

Dungannon Swifts 4-0 Carrick Rangers

By Adrian Rutherford

Frustrated Aaron Callaghan was left speechless after struggling Carrick collapsed at Stangmore Park.

He stormed off without speaking to the media after this chastening defeat - but no doubt had plenty to say to his players in private after they were blown away by in-form Dungannon Swifts.

The hosts were 4-0 up at the break, all but securing seventh place and a play-off for Europe.

Carrick have their own play-off - for Premiership survival - but this doesn't bode well and, having declined to speak to waiting journalists, Callaghan left it to coach Phil Lewis to sum up a dismal day for the league's second bottom side, who saw TJ Murray sent off for dissent.

"That was our worst 45 minutes of the season," he rapped, after Carrick shipped four in the first half.

"We rested a few players today ahead of the play-off but it has backfired on us.

"I thought we prepared well but Dungannon started very, very well. We made some mistakes early in the game and they really punished us."

Andrew Mitchell opened the scoring and, following a Ryan Harpur double, Fra Brennan pounced to complete the scoring for Dungannon's third win in a row - one which Harpur feels is setting the Swifts up for that Euro play-off.

"In the last couple of games - Ballinamallard and the second half against Glentoran - we have been absolutely brilliant," he said. "Today we've followed it on with another three points. We're delighted."

dungannon: Addis, Lowe, Brennan, Armstrong, O'Rourke, Wilson (Teggart, 59 mins), Harpur, Burke, McMahon (Lavery, 75 mins), Glackin (Fitzpatrick, 75 mins), Mitchell. Unused subs: Clucas, Lockhart.

CARRICK: Briers, Quigley, Smyth, Kelly, McNally, M Murray, Noble (Surgenor, 46 mins), Rice, TJ Murray, McAllister (Taggart, 76 mins), O'Brien (Elder, 46 mins). Unused subs: Larmour, McConnell

Referee: Steven Gregg (Ballyclare)

Man of the match: Ryan Harpur

Match rating: 7/10

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