Colin Colhoun’s side had won their previous 12 games but came unstuck at Rangers.
The defeat sees ’Stute sit five points clear of second placed Ards Youth, but the Waterside teenagers have played a game more.
’Stute should return to winning ways this weekend as they are again on their travels this time to lowly St Oliver Plunkett.
Despite going into the game as clear favourites Colhoun is warning his players to be expecting a tough game.
“We need to get back to what we do best and if we do that then I’m confident we can get a result,” stated Colhoun.
“We started off well at Carrick but conceded two goals within a minute, but Carrick did to us what we have been doing to everyone else this season and that was work hard.”