Carrick Rangers 2-2 Glentoran

Colin Nixon's late equaliser for Glentoran denied Carrick Rangers a first home league win of the season.

The Glens went ahead in the 29th minute when Sean Ward's shot from outside the box deceived everyone in the area, including keeper Declan Browne.

Carrick equalised when Ian West on the right found Paul McDowell who fired in on 51 minutes and then Marcus Kane made it 2-1 after a loose pass by Nixon.

The Glens were saved when Nixon made it 2-2 in the 85th minute.

Despite their late reprieve Glentoran, under caretaker boss Roy Coyle, will be disappointed at failing to take three points against one-from-bottom Carrick.

After their cup embarrassment at the hands of Amateur League Newington and subsequent departure of manager Scott Young, the east Belfast men got a boost when they won 3-0 at Ballymena on Tuesday.

They looked to be on their way when defender Ward scored for the second match running.

But much-changed Carrick got level early in the second half and then confusion in the Glens defence and Nixon's poor pass gave the on-loan Kane the chance to slot past visiting keeper Elliott Morris.