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Gary Haveron aiming to end Carrick Rangers' memorable Belfast Telegraph Championship 1 season with a treble

By Keith Bailie

Carrick Rangers coach Gary Haveron believes his side are ready to complete a domestic treble.

With the Belfast Telegraph Championship and the Steel & Sons Cup already in the bag, Carrick face Harland & Wolff Welders in the final of the Intermediate Cup at Seaview tonight (7.30pm).

"We're ready to. There were plenty of celebrations on Saturday night after we won the league but there was no Sunday session. Our minds turned immediately to this game," said Haveron.

"We've already had a great season but I've told the boys that if we lose this game we will finish the season on a low, and nobody wants that. Very few teams win three trophies in one season so we want to go down in history as a great team at this level.

"We've done it the hard way as well. We won the Steel & Sons by beating Bangor, Ards and the Welders, while Bangor and Ards pushed us all the way in the league. We're expecting another tough game against an excellent Welders side, but the guys are fully focused on doing something special. It would be a great way to end a great season."

Carrick are without the injured Ciaran Donaghy, while the Welders are missing Gareth Beattie.

Elsewhere, Warrenpoint Town will be aiming to come from two goals down to save their place in the Danske Bank Premiership. Bangor lead Warrenpoint 2-0 after Tuesday's first leg at Clandeboye Park thanks to an own goal from Stephen Moan and an injury time strike from Paul McDowell.

Town boss Barry Gray said: "It's up to the players now. We prepared well for the first game by taking the players to Solitude for a training session in the afternoon, but it didn't do us any good. We were very poor in the first leg.

"I still believe these players have the quality to win this tie, but they have to believe it themselves."

Bangor will be without the suspended Jordan Forsythe, who confirmed his intention to move to Crusaders during the summer. Bangor goalkeeper Darren Gibbons won the Northern Ireland Football Writers' Player of the Month award for April after he kept five clean sheets in a row.

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