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Niall Currie bemoans Carrick Rangers 'naivety' as Ryan Swan nets late Warrenpoint winner


Carrick boss Niall Currie

Carrick boss Niall Currie

Carrick boss Niall Currie

Carrick Rangers boss Niall Currie described Ryan Swan's 93rd-minute equaliser as a real sickener but opposite number Barry Gray said the point was no more than Warrenpoint Town deserved.

It was a fair reflection of a match where the visitors enjoyed the bulk of the scoring chances but Carrick appeared to be on course for only their third clean sheet of the season.

Looking for their first back-to-back Premiership victories in 15 months, Gers led for an hour through Kyle Cherry's near-post header but they never threatened to produce the goal rush which brought them a 5-3 win on Tuesday night.

And from the last free-kick of the match, Daniel Byrne headed across goal and up popped Swan to nod in from point-blank range.

"It's a really poor goal," said Currie. "The ball is lumped 60 yards, a guy gets a free header on the byline, the ball is in the air for a long time and nobody deals with it. A real sickener. The three points were there for us but, again, a bit of naivety from us. The boys feel as if it's a defeat."

As Gray admitted, Warrenpoint - in splendid isolation in ninth place, 10 points behind eighth and eight ahead of 10th - haven't got much to play for but he was delighted by the hard-working performance.

"Only an earlier goal was missing, that would have changed the complexion of the match," he said. "We battled and worked hard throughout and created a fair amount of opportunities, although not clear-cut. First-half, I thought we were miles the better side and they scored from their only chance.

"But we stuck at it and in the 90-whatever-minute-it-was we were still fighting and chasing to get a point which, if truth be told, would not have made a great deal of difference. But it shows what the players are willing to put in."

The Carrick goal actually came immediately after Warrenpoint were denied by Aaron Hogg, getting down to save Kealan Dillon's shot. His quick throw-out resulted in Lee Chapman crossing from the right and Cherry met it on the run to glance it past Andy Coleman, back in the Warrenpoint goal.

Cherry should have made it two before the interval but shot straight at Coleman and when Jordan Jenkins was introduced 15 minutes from time, his first touch came too quickly, heading over when unmarked from Cherry's corner.

But Warrenpoint, already denied by a fine double save from Hogg, never gave up and, after Byrne headed over from a Brendon Doyle corner and Francis McCaffrey shot wide, there was still time for the equaliser.

CARRICK: Hogg 6, Rodgers 6, Gordon 7, Loughran 6, Chapman 6, Cherry 7, Kelly 6, Neale 7, Anderson 7, Friel 6 (Jenkins, 75 mins, 6), Gibson 6 (Smith, 54 mins, 6). Unused subs: Forsythe, Glendinning, Millar, McMullan, Storey.

Warrenpoint: Coleman 6, Deasy 7, Byrne 7, McVeigh 7, Ball 7, Doyle 7, McCaffrey 7, Gallagher 6, Dillon 6 (Hutchinson, 62 mins, 6), O'Sullivan 6, Carroll 6 (Swan, 62 mins, 8). Unused subs: Sava, Mullen, Cowan, Wallace, Evans.

Referee: Christopher Morrison 6

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