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Currie laments early lapses as Gers fail to make chances count

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Frustrating day: Carrick boss Niall Currie
Frustrating day: Carrick boss Niall Currie
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Niall Currie admits he cannot understand how Carrick Rangers did not take at least a point against Dungannon Swifts.

For the second time in six days, they performed admirably for 45 minutes, but fell short.

The damage was done in the first-half, as goals from Oisin Smyth and then Kris Lowe gave the hosts a two-goal lead, but Carrick pulled one back through Lee Chapman and dominated the rest of the game.

Currie said: "I'm really disappointed with the two goals we conceded. From our point of view, they are both really poor and it gives you a mountain to climb and today it was too big.

"But how we came away from that game with nothing? It's hard to take.

"We can't take anything from the first-half because we were poor, but in the second-half our guys were magnificent. A few changes were made, we got off to a good start and I thought we dominated.

"We missed some great chances, their goalkeeper pulled off some great saves and sometimes it is just not meant to be."

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Swifts keeper Sam Johnston was named man of the match and hopes the battling win is a sign that Dungannon have rediscovered their early season form.

"In the three games where we got hammered, they were just off-days, but we have come back in the last couple of weeks and showed what we are all about," he said.

"We were more like the first few games of the season, when we were getting points."

DUNGANNON: Johnston, Teggart, King, Wilson, Redman (Coyle, 78 mins), Clucas, Smyth, Lowe, Patton (Noble, 67 mins), Waide (Harwood, 90 mins), Hughes. Unused subs: Addis, Taylor, Gallagher, Campbell.

CARRICK: Hogg, Ferrin (Cherry, 67 mins), Surgenor, Rodgers (Loughran, 56 mins), Neale, Chapman, Kelly, Faulkner (Keke, 60 mins), Nixon, Hassin, Smith. Unused subs: McAuley, Carson, Thompson, Anderson.

Referee: Andrew Davey (Bangor)

Man of the match: Sam Johnston

Match rating: 8/10

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