Premiership new-boys Carrick Rangers get off to winning start with 2-1 victory over Dungannon Swifts

Dungannon's Paul McElroy with Carrick's Mark Surgenor
Dungannon's Paul McElroy with Carrick's Mark Surgenor

Dungannon 1 Carrick Rangers 2

Miguel Chines fired newly-promoted Carrick Rangers to an opening day win at Stangmore Park.

The Portuguese forward scored twice in the first 45 minutes to secure a fully deserved three points against Dungannon.

The opening goal came in the ninth minute.

A stinging drive from Connor McClosley was parried by the Swifts goalkeeper and Chines scored from close range.

Dungannon were forced into an early change when defender David Armstrong had to come off with just 20 minutes played.

It summed up a frustrating first half for the home side, who enjoyed decent spells of possession but struggled to do much with the ball.

Their best effort came in the 38th minute when Ryan Harpur’s free-kick came back off the crossbar.

Carrick doubled their lead on the stroke of half time.

Lowe was caught in possession, bringing down McCloskey. The referee pointed to the spot, with Chines blasting his kick past the goalkeeper.

The newcomers continued to threaten after the break.

Daniel Kelly headed wide before Chines worked the goalkeeper from distance after a Carrick counter attack.

Dungannon introduced Gary Liggett as they chased a route back into the game, but they struggled to create chances.

Alan Teggart pulled a goal back five minutes from the end.

However, the visitors held on for victory.

DGN SWIFTS: Coleman, Mullan, McCaffrey, Armstrong (Lowe, 21), Grieve, Harpur (Fitzpatrick, 74), Glackin, Teggart, McElroy, Burke, Douglas (Liggett, 60)

Subs not used: Addis, McCullough

CARRICK RANGERS: Neeson, Smyth, Traynor, Surgenor (Kane, 84), Kelly, Harmon, McNeill, Chines (Miskimmin, 84), Roy (Browne, 77), McCloskey, Doyle

Subs not used: Arthur, Keenan

Referee: Tim Marshall (Irvinestown)