Haveron suffers first defeat as Carrick boss

Gary Haveron suffered his first defeat as Carrick boss this afternoon, losing 3-1 away to Knockbreda in the Intermediate Cup.

James Wright opened the scoring for the home side with a fantastic free-kick midway through the first-half but a Richard Gibson header brought Carrick level before the break.

Knockbreda edged back in front early in the second session thanks to a header from captain Miguel Chines. David Johnston rounded off the win for Hugh Sinclair’s men with a 20-yard strike in the dying embers of the game.

The elements took their toll on the tie, with strong winds and heavy rain making it very difficult for both sides.

Speaking to the Times after the game, Haveron said: “It was horrendous but they used the weather better than we did. They took advantage of it but that’s just how it goes. It’s disappointing to lose the game, we are out of the Intermediate Cup but I would have been more disappointed if it had’ve been league points dropped.”

Full match report and more reaction in this week’s Times