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Carrick Rangers 'massively over-achieving' beams boss after Glenavon rout

Carrick Rangers 6 Glenavon 2

Niall Currie
Niall Currie

By Ian Callender

It could hardly have worked out better for Carrick Rangers. A home game on a pitch which Glenavon don't like and opponents who are enduring a horror time on the road.

The result, a record-breaking day for a Rangers side which has deservedly climbed to seventh in the Premiership table, and on this evidence, no side will look forward to coming to the Loughshore Hotel Arena.

This was the first time they had scored six in the league and with six different scorers, the goals are coming from everywhere as proud boss Niall Currie admitted.

He said: "The pleasing point is that we are looking dangerous.

"We were doing well earlier in the season without the cutting edge in the last third, thankfully now we look like we are scoring goals and we could have scored more today.

"But we will stay humble, we'll not get carried away.

"We are massively over-achieving but it's nothing this group of players don't deserve."

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Carrick led only 2-1 at the break, with goals from Jerry Thompson and man-of-the-match Stewart Nixon but the third, straight from the kick-off by Guillaume Keke, turned the second half into a procession.

James Ferrin, Lee Chapman and substitute Michael Smith completed the scoring for the home side, leaving only strikes from Aaron Harmon and Josh Daniels for the Glenavon supporters to cheer.

"Carrick were more hungry all over the pitch and deserved the result," said manager Gary Hamilton.

"They played the conditions, it's a difficult pitch to play on and you have to battle and we didn't adapt."

Hamilton will be grateful that Glenavon's next three games are at home - the third in eight days' time against Carrick - where they have won their last two but the boss knows the away record must improve.

This was their eighth defeat in nine Premiership matches and they have conceded 36 of their 43 goals on the road.

Carrick: Hogg, Ferrin (Carson 76 mins), Surgenor, Rodgers, Chapman, Anderson, Kelly, Faulkner, Thompson (Neale 69 mins), Nixon (Smith 67 mins), Keke. Unused subs: Nicholl, Loughran, Cherry, Hassin.

Glenavon: Tuffey, Harmon (Wearen 66 mins), Marron, Larmour, Singleton, Beggs (Hall 64 mins), Marshall, Garrett, Daniels, Hamilton (Jenkins 64 mins), Murray. Unused subs: Taylor, Burns, McCloskey, Hunter.

Referee: Keith Kennedy (Lisburn)

Man of the match: Stewart Nixon

Match rating: 8/10

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