IRISH LEAGUE: Carrick boss Gary Haveron in search of points against Portadown at Shamrock Park

Gary Haveron
Gary Haveron

Carrick Rangers boss Gary Haveron takes his side to Shamrock Park on Saturday in search of a big three points against Portadown.

The last time the two sides met back in October, a 90th-minute Gary Twigg penalty gave Ronnie McFall’s men a 1-0 win at Taylor’s Avenue.

Left-back Ross Redman appeared to be felled by Ryan Kane inside the box and it led to the award of the spot-kick. However, television replays suggest it wasn’t so clear-cut.

But Rangers boss Haveron insists there is no score to settle and is confident his men are capable of matching the Ports this weekend.

“I think anybody who has seen the incident since the game doesn’t think it was a penalty,” Haveron said.

“It was a bad call and we certainly didn’t get what we deserved out of the game. (David) Miskelly tipped one on to the crossbar, otherwise we could have been walking away with three points. Then they went up the other end and the referee makes a poor decision.

“But there’s no score to settle or anything like that. I don’t hold grudges and it wasn’t Portadown’s fault. At the end of the day, maybe Redman dived but if you get those decisions then you do it for your team.

“I think we are more than capable of matching Portadown. We caused them more problems than they caused us, if the truth be told.”

He added: “I think we are more than capable of matching most teams on our day. We have just been on the wrong side of results.”