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Gers ahead of our survival schedule, beams Currie

Carrick Rangers 1 Warrenpoint Town 0

By Steven Beacom

In the discussion over the Premiership's manager of the season so far, Carrick Rangers' boss Niall Currie is worthy of his place.

Tipped by many as certs to go straight back down after winning promotion last term, Currie's side are ninth in the table and their second successive win on Saturday took them nine points clear of bottom club Warrenpoint Town and six ahead of Institute.

It looked as though they would be frustrated at the weekend at home to Warrenpoint, whose players were working hard for new boss Barry Gray.

On 54 minutes, the impressive Berraat Turker saved Stewart Nixon's penalty and, as the clock ticked down, Town were on course for a valuable draw and a first clean sheet of the campaign.

Then substitute Lloyd Anderson glanced Nixon's cross into the net in the 89th minute. Pain for the visitors. Joy for the hosts.

"We thought we weren't going to get our rewards," said Currie.

"We missed good chances and put them under a lot of pressure but we went for it at the end and Lloyd scored late on to give us a deserved win.

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"We had to change something to try and get behind them and Lloyd can go beyond and cause them problems and that's what he did.

"Full credit to all the players. They have a never say die attitude. We have a really good squad and to have talented young players like Lloyd Anderson and Liam Hassin coming on is great for us. They made a real impact. It's testament to those young lads that their attitude is so good.

"We are striving to stay in the division and we are massively ahead of schedule. The boys are showing good character. We haven't been spanked by anyone and we have always been in games and, at the moment, we are over the moon with what we are doing."

For Gray, in his second spell at Warrenpoint, there was some encouragement. He says being realistic Town must now target 11th place and a play-off spot to save their Premiership skin.

CARRICK: Hogg, Surgenor, Rodgers, Chapman, Faulkner (Anderson, 75 mins), Kelly, Nixon, Ferrin, Cherry (Hassin, 78 mins), Thompson, Keke (Smith, 65 mins). Unused subs: McAuley, Carson, Neale, Loughran.

WARRENPOINT: Turker, Bennett (Prendergast, 75 mins), Reilly, McVeigh, O'Sullivan, Forde, Lynch (McCann, 83 mins), Watters, Scannell, O'Connor (Doyle, 67 mins), Wallace. Unused subs: Byrne, Young, Mullen, Murnaghan.

Referee: Arnold Hunter (Maguiresbridge)

Man of the match: Berraat Turker

Match rating: 5/10

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