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Match Reaction

Duck broken for Josh

JOSH Carson admits he was relieved to be back amongst the goals as he netted in last night’s win against Crusaders…

The midfielder bagged the second goal of the evening from Matthew Shevlin’s cross after Eoin Bradley put the visitors ahead in the first-half.

Speaking to Coleraine TV after the game, the former Northern Ireland international admits he has been enjoying playing in the centre of the park in recent games – even though he has received more bookings in the process!

“It was a hard fought and brilliant game from start to finish,” he said.

“It is never easy coming to Seaview and we stuck to our guns and our game plan.

“We done exactly what we were told by the boss and thankfully it paid off by getting the three points.

“I’m enjoying playing in the centre of midfield.

“I always played centrally when I was younger but as I went up the ranks and progressed, I got shipped out wide.

“Whilst I enjoy playing there, you are more involved in the centre although I pick up more bookings.

“However, it gives me licence to get into the box and stay a bit deeper as well so I’m really enjoying it.

“I’m chuffed to be playing and to be on the pitch alongside Stephen Lowry has been brilliant.”

Carson – who pretty much played in every position last season – bagged for the first time in 51 outings as he nodded in from close range on 62 minutes.

“The goal was a relief,” he added.

“I broke from halfway with the counter attack we produced as Glacks travels and does well, Shevlin follows it up and crosses it in, and thankfully I was in the right place at the right time.

“It’s about time I got one and thankfully I was there to take the chance.

“It is brilliant to break the duck and get back on the scoresheet.”

Glenavon is the next assignment for Kearney’s boys and Carson knows they will have to be at the top of their game if they are to pick up maximum points against the Lurgan Blues.

“It will be another tough fixture,” he concluded.

“I don’t think we beat them last season as there were three draws.

“It’s going to be a difficult game but one we are looking forward to.”