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Unbeaten against the 'gers

Our 1sts, 2nds and 3rds all travelled to play Carrick Rangers this weekend, and picked up 2 wins and a draw between them.

The firsts travelled to Solitude looking for revenge against Gary Haveron's men who had already beaten the Mallards twice at Ferney Park this season.

With Taylor's Avenue deemed unplayable by NIFL, the game took place at Solitude, and it was the 'home' side who took the lead after just 10 minutes. Striker Adam Salley, on loan from Linfield, struck the post and Miguel Chines was in the right place for his easiest finish of the season.

Prior to that however, gers keeper Brian Neeson denied Stephen O'Flynn at close range but there was nothing that Neeson could do to prevent his nemesis on 25 minutes. Jason McCartney crossed from the left and Ivan Sproule teed up O'Flynn who slammed a shot high into the top corner of the net.

Neeson again denied the striker before half time as the teams departed level. The second half was in contrast to the first, with few chances for either side but Stefan McCusker remained untroubled and the sides finished level at 1-1.

The Seconds recorded a 5-1 victory with goals from Smith, Little, Cadden and a brace from Edwards, to bring his total to 5 goals in his last 5 games.

The Thirds also tasted victory as they remain top of the NIFL Youth League (Section B). The sides remained locked scoreless at half time before Carrick took an early second half lead. Derek Sharpe's men responded however through James Edgar before going behind again.

Top goalscorer Jordan Breen equalised before Edgar had the chance to seal victory from the penalty spot but he was denied by the Carrick keeper. Underterred however, Edgar got his second of the game when he curled an effort into the net having received a pass from Breen, and earned his side a late victory.

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