Ballymena Utd 3-0 Carrick Rangers

A hat-trick by James Costello saw Ballymena extend their unbeaten run and push struggling Carrick further towards the relegation trapdoor.

Costello slotted the opener past Paul Murphy on 29 minutes and then flashed home the second in the 52nd minute.

Alan Teggart cut the ball back for striker Costello to score his third with five minutes remaining.

Murphy denied Teggart and Alan Davidson in the first half and Kyle Owens twice headed wide after the break.