Gary Hamilton makes just one change to the starting line-up, keeping faith with goalkeeper James Taylor who has been in nets throughout the League Cup campaign.

Very poor fare from both sides in the first half with Carrick probably shading the chances but nothing really testing for Taylor. Glenavon’s best effort of the half was a trademark left foot volley by Eoin Bradley which Brian Neeson parried into the air before gathering it.

Early in the second half Kevin Braniff sent Andy Hall away down the right and he fired a low cross to the near post which Mark Sykes ran onto but poked the ball narrowly wide.

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Cooper then went on a run down the centre of the pitch but when he arrived into the box he elected to try to slip the ball to Bradley but he under hit it and the defender cleared. A shot on goal may have been a better option.

There were 15 minutes remaining when Neeson pulled off the save of the night to tip a header by James Singleton from a Cooper corner onto the bar.

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Tiarnan McNicholl put Rangers in front in the 80th minute after bursting his way through two challenges, into the Glenavon box before shooting in from a tight angle.

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Glenavon: Taylor, McGrory, Lindsay (c), Marron, Singleton, Hall, Sykes, Marshall, Cooper, Braniff, Bradley. Subs: Neill, O’Brien, Moorhouse, Martyn, Elebert

Carrick Rgrs: Neeson, Chapman, McCullough, Rice, Sugenor, McNally, Taggart, M Murray, McNicholl, TJ Murray, Kelly. Subs: Morrow, Lavery, Hanley, Wilson, Foster

Referee: Steven Taylor.