Ten-man Rock stroll to league win
LEADERS Rock Celtic took advantage of their two main rivals' involvement in cup action to move further clear as they defied being a player short for three quarters of this game at Nafferty on Sunday to complete the double over struggling Carrick.
Aaron Mulligan was sent off mid-way through the first half after picking up a second yellow card, but Rock already held a two-goal lead at this juncture and not only comfortably held onto it but wouldn't have been flattered to have won by a wider margin.
They created upwards of four excellent opportunities after that, while goalkeeper John Rogers was called upon to make just one save of note as Carrick also finished with 10 men, with a player sent off five minutes from time.
Rock scored the all-important goals in the opening quarter. The first resulted from a free kick wide on the left by Kevin McArdle which evaded defenders and forwards alike as it flew across the face of the Carrick goal and ended up in the far corner of the net after 10 minutes.
David Ward nabbed the second when he chipped the ball over the home goalkeeper after being set up by partner Paddy Quinn 10 minutes later. ROCK CELTIC: John Rogers, Ross Quigley, Sean Watters, Paddy Reilly, Cormac McArdle, Kevin McArdle (Mark McGeown), Aaron Mulligan, Paul Gore, Gerard McSorley (David McGeough/ John Sharkey), Paddy Quinn, David Ward.