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Victory is great but Carrick have to exert bit more control: Currie

Institute 0 Carrick Rangers 2

Looking up: Niall Currie is keen to see Carrick push on
Looking up: Niall Currie is keen to see Carrick push on

By Colin Speer

Boss Niall Currie says closing out games will be crucial to Carrick Rangers' chances of staying in the Danske Bank Premiership.

Currie was over the moon that his side secured their first victory of the season at Institute, but he was quick to point out that they should have won in a more comfortable manner.

"We've a good bunch of honest players," he explained after goals from James Ferrin and Mark Kelly sealed the win on a day that saw home midfielder Aaron Jarvis sent off before Gers sub Abby Sanusi also saw red.

"We know we're short in areas, but we're just trying to dig in and do our very best. We're expected to go down, so coming and getting that result is a big lift.

"We made it very difficult for ourselves. I was really pleased with the first half because we were playing against a gale force wind, but we dealt with everything fantastically - we looked composed and in control.

"In the second half with an extra man we were really naive. We just stopped playing, stopped using the ball and stopped getting on it. We looked ragged."

As for managerless Stute, first-team coach Sean Friars knows they have work to do.

"Their goal was, again, sloppy defending and it comes from another set-piece," he reflected. "Then we have a man sent off and you're thinking, 'Here we go' against a strong, physical Carrick side but, in fairness, I thought we were better in the second half.

"We had a few chances at 1-0, one great chance in particular, and if we had taken that and then they lose their man, it could have been completely different. Ultimately, we're disappointed."

INSTITUTE: Wells, McCauley, Bonner, Curry, Jarvis, Dunne (Tourish, 46 mins), Grace (Tweed, 26 mins), Brown, McBride, McLaughlin (Morrow, 83 mins), McCready.

Carrick: Hogg, Neale, Surgenor, Loughran, Chapman, Faulkner, Nixon (Rodgers, 85 mins), Ferrin, Smith (Kelly, 65 mins), Cherry (Sanusi, 71 mins), Anderson.

Referee: Tim Marshall (Irvinestown)

Man of the Match: James Ferrin

Match Rating: 7/10

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