Institute suffer big defeat to Carrick Rangers

Carrick Rangers manager Niall Currie. Pic by INPHO.
Carrick Rangers manager Niall Currie. Pic by INPHO.

Institute 0-2 Carrick Rangers

Institute suffered their third defeat of the season, this time at the hands of fellow strugglers Carrick Rangers.

Goals from James Ferrin and substitute Mark Kelly sealed Rangers first win of the season, in a feisty encounter at a windswept Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium, as both sides had a man sent-off.

'Stute made a big change in goals with ex-Limavady United goalkeeper Paul Wells getting his first start, replacing Martin Gallagher, who dropped to the bench.

The Waterside men also welcomed back Jamie Dunne from injury, while Thomas McBride and Brendan McLaughlin also started, as they made four changes to their side which loss to Dungannon Swifts on Tuesday night.

With a strong wind behind them, 'Stute went close on four minutes, but Gareth Brown's long range strike was saved by a diving Rangers keeper Aaron Hogg.

Hogg was called into action again minutes later, this time he dived to gather Aaron Jarvis' 30 yard free-kick.

The visitors took the lead on 15 minutes after a goalkeeping error by Wells, the Limavady shot-stopper was caught in no mans land in his attempt to clear Stewart Nixon's left wing corner and James Ferrin, gleefully headed home despite McBride's best attempts on the line.

Institute were forced into a change on 26 minutes as Niall Grace limped off with what looked like a hamstring problem and was replaced by Ewan Tweed.

Rangers should have doubled their lead just after the half-hour mark but after getting in behind the 'Stute defence Nixon's left footed strike from just inside the box, was well off target.

The home side were rightfully reduced to ten men on 41 minutes when midfielder Aaron Jarvis, who was cautioned earlier in the half, jumped into a challenge on Michael Smith and rightfully received his second yellow card followed by a red, from referee Tim Marshall.

Rangers should have doubled their lead on 47 minutes but William Faulkner missed a great chance when Reece Neale's centre picked out the midfielder, but he failed to trouble Wells, when well placed inside the six yard box.

The ten men kept pushing forward in search of a leveller and they created a good half chance on 56 minutes but Mark Surgenor calmly cut-out Brendan McLaughlin's cross, which would have picked out Joe McCready.

Carrick were reduced to ten men on 72 minutes as substitute Abiola Sanusi, who had only replaced Kyle Cherry some 60 seconds earlier, was rightfully sent-off for a poor challenge on McBride.

Institute should have equalised minutes later after McCready's knock down inside the box found McLaughlin, but the ex-Cockhill Celtic man blazed over from 10 yards.

Rangers substitute Kelly would have sealed the points on 84 minutes but for a super last ditch block by Dean Curry, as the striker’s close range strike had goal written all over it, before the ’Stute skipper dived in.

Kelly made up for it two minutes later as the big front man finished well against his old club, side footing home into Wells’ bottom left hand corner, after showing some neat skill to get himself some space inside the box.

Institute: Wells, McCauley, Bonner, D Curry, Dunne (Tourish HT); Jarvis, Grace (Tweed 26), McBride; McLaughlin (Morrow 83), McCready, Brown.

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

Referee: Tim Marshall (Irvinestown).