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Connor blasts sloppy Stute as Gers ease to key victory

Institute 0-3 Carrick Rangers

By Colin Speer

Institute manager Sean Connor was furious after his side's terrible display against Carrick Rangers.

The Londonderry men were second best throughout and the 3-0 defeat could have been a lot worse.

"It's a shocking result to be honest and I'm totally disappointed with everybody," he stated.

"I don't think any of my players come out with any credit and Carrick deserved the win.

"I tried to give a debut to a young lad but it wasn't a great game for him to go into, but I felt Adam (Green) did okay, he worked hard.

"He's 18 and we had another 18-year-old at right-back but, no, it wasn't a very good day at the office today.

"Their first two goals weren't even really good goals, it was two individual mistakes from us and when you do that at this level in conditions like today, it made it a near impossible task."

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Rangers suffered a major blow when goalkeeper Aaron Hogg was stretchered off with a serious injury and was replaced by youngster Ben Nicholl but, incredibly, Stute never tested the 17-year-old.

Visiting boss Niall Currie dedicated the win to Rangers youngster Jerry Thompson, who tragically died earlier this month.

"I'm sure Jerry would have been really proud of Reece Neale today, bombing up and down the wing the way he used to," Currie said. "He wanted us to be in the top three or four. He was a wee bit optimistic, our Jerry."

Neale's goal doubled an advantage that had been handed to Carrick by Lloyd Anderson's opener, with Stewart Nixon putting the seal on a day that - Hogg's injury aside - was hugely positive for the east Antrim outfit.

"Our performance was superb from start to finish but the big downer is our keeper Aaron Hogg who looks like he has snapped his Achilles tendon," added Currie.

"That's a huge blow but we must give a special mention to 17-year-old Ben Nicholl who came on."

INSTITUTE: Brown, Bradley, Tourish, Leppard (Green, 20 mins), D Curry, B McLaughlin (Dunne, 51 mins), McCauley, Crown, C McLaughlin, Burke, McCready. Unused subs: Wells, McIntyre, McNamee, McGurk, Wells.

Carrick: Hogg (Nicholl, 36 mins), Neale, Surgenor, Loughran, Chapman, Faulkner, Kelly, Nixon, Smith (Keke, 65 mins), Cherry, Anderson (Hassin, 72 mins). Unused subs: Carson, Magill, Doyle, McGreevy.

Referee: Tim Marshall (Irvinestown)

Man of the match: Stewart Nixon

Match rating: 7/10

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