Two-goal McDaid is fired up to lead Glens charge
Glentoran 3 Carrick Rangers 1
Robbie McDaid is back in the goal routine - and insists there are more to come.
The 23-year-old hit a double as Glentoran ended a three-game run of defeats against a gutsy Carrick Rangers side at the Oval.
Although Niall Currie's boys got off to the best possible start with Guillaume Keke firing them into an 18th minute lead, it was quickly wiped out by McDaid's opener. The striker was then hauled down inside the box by Dan Kelly on 48 minutes which allowed Hrvoje Plum to convert from the spot.
Two minutes later McDaid capitalised on an error by Mark Surgenor to make it 3-1.
"I probably should have had a hat-trick because I put a decent chance into the side netting late on, but I was even more annoyed when I was taken down for the penalty kick because I was clean through on goal," he said.
"Hrvoje is too good at set-pieces, so there was no chance of me hitting the spot kick. I'm happy for the boys because we needed a result after three straight defeats."
"That's five goals so far. I try to improve year on year - I scored 16 last season, so my plan is to better that."
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Gers chief Currie bemoaned elementary mistakes.
"We must eradicate the goals we are conceding because they are all individual errors and are avoidable."
GLENTORAN: Antolovic, Kane, Peers (Stewart, 57 mins), Gallagher, Herron, McDaid, McClean, Pepper, Nasseri (Frazer, 66 mins), Plum, Van Overbeek (Duric, 75 mins). Unused subs: Morris, Murray, Byrne, Crowe.
CARRICK: Hogg, Surgenor, Loughran, Chapman, Kelly, Nixon (Smith, 73 mins), Ferrin, Cherry (Faulkner, 77 mins), Thompson, Keke, Hassin (Anderson, 57 mins). Unused subs: Nicholl, Carson, Rodgers, Magill.
Referee: Tony Clarke (Newtownabbey)
Man of the match: Hrvoje Plum
Match rating: 6/10