CRUSADERS needed just eight minutes to open the scoring after Michael Halliday connected with a corner to head past Maros Valko.
Then, six minutes later, Aidan Watson doubled their lead with a diving header at the back post from a Matt Hazley corner, Timmy Adamson then added a third for the Crues on 16 minutes in similar fashion before doubling his tally eight minutes from the break, this time from a Halliday cross.
It was almost 5-0 on 41 minutes after Adamson smashed a left-foot effort off the bar before Stuart Dallas drove his follow-up against an upright.
The fifth did arrive on 56 minutes courtesy of a Colin Coates penalty after Hazley had been brought down in the area.
Stephen Baxter's side then grabbed their sixth on the hour after Stephen McBride crossed for Halliday to nod home.
Amazingly the Crues added to their tally ten minutes after that courtesy of yet another Adamson header, his hat-trick.
Carrick Rangers: Valko, Murray, McClean, Bell, Hogan, Stewart, Smith, Taggart, Addis, Owens, McDowell subs Lynch (replaced Owens 56), McDermott (replaced Smith 58), Roy (not used), Boyce (not used), Anderson (replaced McDowell 65)
Crusaders: O'Neill, McKeown, Magowan, Coates, McBride, Dallas, McCann, Watson, Hazley, Adamson, Halliday subs Morrow (not used), McMaster (replaced Hazley 76), Rainey (replaced Adamson 80), Owens (not used), Caddell (replaced Watson 65)
- David Magowan rises above Glenn Taggart and Paul Owens (Picture: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye.com)