Larne got back to winning ways with a hard-fought 1-0 win away to Glenavon on Friday evening.

Sean Ward’s own goal 10 minutes from time secured the three points as Larne moved five points clear ahead of the chasing pack playing this weekend.

More to follow…

Glenavon: Brown, Ward, Birney, Haughey (’42 O’Connor), Wallace, Campbell (’80 Prendergast), Snoddy, Baird (’80 Malone), Glynn, McCloskey (’75 Bradley), Fitzpatrick

Unused subs: Kerr, Scannell, J Doyle

Larne: Ferguson, Cosgrove, Watson, Bolger, Donnelly, Doherty, Gordon (’56 Hughes), Sule, Millar, O’Neill, Lusty (’56 Kearns)

Unused subs: McIntyre, Kelly, Scott, Hutchison, Sloan

Referee: Christopher Morrison

Photo: Pacemaker

We’re back 0n the road for our second trip to Mourneview Park this season, as we take on Glenavon at 7.45pm on Firday evening. Below is our Landmark Match Guide and all you need to know ahead of the match in Lurgan.

Tickets and Travel

This is an all-ticket match and you can purchase yours HERE. Tickets are priced at £12 for adults and £8 for concessions and just £5 for Primary School-age children

Please see the Inver Red & Whites, Larne NISC or Larne Reds pages to book a place on each bus. Supporters Liaison Officer Richard Todd can also help with this process.

The game is also being streamed by BBC Sport NI on the iPlayer, website and red button.

1889 Sports and Social Club

The 1889 will be open from 5pm for those travelling to the big game. It will also be open for those returning to Larne afterwards.

Glenavon

Glenavon had been in good form in recent weeks, however they come into this game having lost 1-0 away to Dungannon Swifts on Saturday. Gary Hamilton’s men are in 8th place in the Danske Bank Premiership with 20 points from their 17 games played so far.

In the previous meeting between the sides, also in Lurgan back in August, Ben Doherty scored the winning goal from the penalty spot with the last kick of the game against a Glenavon side who had been reduced to nine men.

The Inver Reds

Larne come into this game having lost their last two games, away to Linfield and home to Coleraine. However, such has been the Invermen’s strong start to the season we remain at the top of the Premiership heading into this one.

Boss Tiernan Lynch will be without the services of defender Shaun Want and striker Lee Bonis, who are both out with a one game suspension.

 

We are delighted to announce the addition of three new members of the club’s board, as well as the appointment of a new vice chairman.

Neil Clarke, who joined the club’s board of directors in the summer of 2020 has been taken on the role of vice chair, following Andrew Scullion’s resignation in August. He will also continue on in his role of secretary.

We are also delighted to welcome Janice Hagan, David McAleese and James McIlroy, who have all been co-opted on to the board.

Janice brings with her a wealth of experience in the Human Resources world and has already been working hard within this area at the club.

David, a solicitor who lives and works in the town, is also a coach in our girls Academy and grows his involvement at the club by now becoming a director.

James McIlory is a former elite sports person, having competed in the Commonwealth and Olympic Games and has been instrumental in the hugely successful Antrim Coast Half Marathon in recent years, receiving a BEM for services to athletics.

Chairman Gareth Clements said: “I want to welcome all three new members of our board and say how much I am looking forward to working with them in the time ahead.

“Each of Janice, David and James bring with them additional skills to the talent we already have on our board at present.

“All three of them will certainly add value to the club in the months and years to come and help us to make the progress on and off the pitch we are all striving for.

“I also want to congratulate Neil on his appointment as vice chair. He gets through a lot of work on the club’s behalf and we are delighted to see him accept this role after Andrew’s departure.”

With the festive season is nearly upon us, we take a look at how our players are getting on out on loan at their respective clubs.

Andrew Mitchell

With five goals and six assists in 15 Danske Bank Premiership appearances so far this season, Mitchell has been enjoying the first half of the season with the Amber Army.

Carrick’s form in recent weeks has been up and down with just two wins in their last seven games, both coming against bottom side Portadown. With both wins finishing with the same 2-0 scoreline, Mitchell played a key role, getting an assist in both games to help clinch the three points.

The Amber Army’s strong start to the season means that they still sit seventh in the table, just five points off the top six, a lot higher than many predicted at the start of the campaign.

Harry Adair and Conall Curran

Harry Adair has been a mainstay in the middle of midfield for Ballyclare Comrades for much of the first half of the season.

Putting in consistent performances week in, week out, Adair only missed out on a number of Championship fixtures at the start of the month due to injury. He has since made his comeback, playing the full game against Ards in an entertaining 3-3 draw and came off the bench in their most recent victory over Institute.

Conall Curran has made eleven appearances for Ballyclare Comrades in seventeen Championship games, coming on as a substitute in eight of them. Goals have been hard to come by for the young striker in the Championship, however, Curran came off the bench for the Comrades to grab the match winner, and his first Championship goal, on Saturday as he connected with a cross from Kyle Beggs to find the back of the net against Institute.

As it stands, Ballyclare Comrades sit sixth in the Championship table, sixteen points off leaders Loughgall.

Ryley D’Sena

The centre-back (pictured) has played plenty of minutes at the back for Bangor this season as they navigated their way through the Premier Intermediate League, Steel and Sons Cup, Intermediate Cup and the early rounds of the Irish Cup.

In recent weeks, Bangor have successful negogiated their way to the 5th Round of the Irish Cup following victories over Belfast Celtic, Limavady United, Strabane Athletic and Queen’s University. The Seasiders have also booked their place in the Steel and Sons Cup Final on Christmas Eve against Dunmurry Rec after successfully overcoming Ballymacash Rangers in a 1-0 victory in the Semi-Final. D’Sena, who started the game, played a key role in ensuring the clean sheet to help see the team through to the festive final of the competition.

In league action, D’Sena has started in four out of the six games so far. The Seasiders have shown impressive form as their unbeaten start sees them sitting second in the table, just a point behind Ballymacash Rangers who have played a game more. D’Sena has been showing great form in defence, being part of the backline that has only conceded one goal in their league campaign so far.

Odhran McCart

The young centre-back has been a mainstay in the Lisburn Distillery backline throughout the season so far. The Whites have struggled for form so far this season, crashing out of both the Steel and Sons Cup and the Intermediate Cup to Rosemount Rec and Glentoran Reserves respectfully.

Lisburn Distillery have also struggled in their league campaign so far, picking up just one win and two draws in seven games so far. As the McCart and the Whites’ look forward to the rest of the campaign, both will be hoping to get more points on the board and avoid a bottom of the table fight.

Max Greer

The young right-back has been a consistent performer for Knockbreda so far this season, starting ten league games so far. It has been a tough start to the season for the ‘Breda as they sit second bottom of the table in eleventh, with just eleven points from their seventeen games so far.

Both Max and Knockbreda will be hoping to push on and avoid a repeat of last season, where they found themselves in a relegation play-off against Premier Intermediate side Bangor which they won to ensure survival.

Two goals in the first half for Coleraine saw Larne slip to a second successive defeat.

Matthew Shevlin and Conor McKendry were on target for the Bannsiders in a 2-0 win at Inver Park.

More to follow…

Larne: Ferguson, Want, Randall (’45 Sule), O’Neill (’67 Lusty), Bonis, Doherty, Donnelly, Gordon (’79 Sloan), Bolger, Millar, Cosgrove

Unused subs: McIntyre, Kelly, Lusty, Hughes, Kearns

Coleraine: Deane, Kane, D Jarvis, D Jarvis, McKendry (’79 E McLaughlin), Carson, Farren, O’Donnell, O’Mahony (’75 Lynch), McDermott, Shevlin

Unused Subs: Gallagher, Mullan, Lowry, J McLaughlin, McCrudden

Referee: Declan Hassan

Photo: Bill Guiller

The Invermen’s busiest period of the season continues on Friday evening with a Danske Bank Premiership encounter against Coleraine at Inver Park, at 7.45pm. Check out our Landmark Match Guide for all you need to know.

Tickets and entry

Tickets for all supporters are on sale HERE. Tickets are priced at £12 for adults. £8 for concessions and just £2 for Primary School-aged children accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are available for all three areas of the stadium and supporters are strongly advised to purchase online to avoid queues at the turnstiles.

1889 Sports & Social Club

There will be plenty of Matchday offers for supporters at the 1889, with doors open from 5pm.

Supporters are also reminded that there will be plans for all the family in the Fanzone from 6:30pm. There will be an inflatable penalty shoot-out challenge, entertainment post-match and the 1889 is open until 2am

For The Town Appeal

There will be an opportunity to donate towards the work of our ‘For the Town Christmas Appeal 2022’ at Friday’s match. This year’s appeal sees donations of non-perishable food and essentials, and cash for fresh produce, taking place at three key NIFL Premiership home matches in the run up to the big day. Simply look out for our volunteers on arrival outside the 1889 Sports & Social Club.

For more information on the appeal, please see HERE.

Club Shop

We are delighted to say our new range of our blue shirts, from our 2022/23 3rd kit, will be on sale from the Club Shop. We also have our new home shirts as well as Nike training wear on sale, with the doors opening at 6.45pm.

The club’s new grey bobble hats are also in stock, a must for the winter weather!

The Inver Read

You will be able to get your hand on the new November edition of the Inver Read, our brand-new monthly magazine, at Saturday’s match.

We have a jam-packed edition, including interviews with Lee Bonis, Tomas Cosgrove and Dylan Sloan.  This month’s player poster is of Fuad Sule. Priced at just £3.50, you can pick up yours from the Club Shop and Tea & Coffee Kiosk.

Our visitors

Friday’s encounter will be Coleraine’s second trip to Inver Park this season. Former Larne trio Conor McKendry, Dean Jarvis and Lee Lynch have all featured regularly for the Bannsiders this term.

Oran Kearney’s men are currently in sixth place in the table and come into this one after successive 0-0 draws, at home to Glentoran and away to Glenavon, last Saturday.

The Inver Reds

Despite just a second league defeat of the season, after Tuesday’s 1-0 loss away to Linfield, Larne remain five points clear at the top of the table.

The Invermen have 12 wins in their 16 league outings to date. Friday’s game represents a seventh game in 21 days, with re-arranged league fixtures and cup dates thrown into the mix.

A Michael Newberry header in the final 15 minutes clinched victory for Linfield in a tight game at Windsor Park.

Larne enjoyed the best of it in the first half, but were unable to turn possession into goals as the Invermen fell to just their second defeat of the season.

Tiernan Lynch’s men still lead the table by five points over Cliftonville in what is now a congested top four as the title race hots up coming into the Christmas period.

The previous meeting between the two sides came exactly a month earlier, when Larne ran out 4-2 winners during Linfield’s difficult start to the season.

Larne made a bright start in this one and could have taken the lead with six minutes gone.

From a Mark Randall corner on the left the ball made its way to the back post with Paul O’Neill stabbing the ball goalwards but it lack the pace to break the deadlock and it was cleared to safety.

Ten minutes later Larne threatened once more. This time Randall helped to create the opportunity from open play when a silky turn in the middle of the park opened up space for O’Neill. He unleashed a fierce drive from 25 yards which Johns did well to turn over.

Despite the early chances the first half wasn’t littered with clearcut goalscoring opportunities.

Larne looked the more polished of the two sides but will be disappointed they didn’t test Johns more often.

The closest they came was midway through the half when Lee Bonis led a break down the left, and stung the goalkeeper’s palms when he may have had more time to cut inside.

Linfield began the second period with a lot more purpose and took the game to their visitors more in the opening 10 minutes of the second half they had done for the whole of the first.

However, all the Healy’s men had to show for their renewed efforts was a series of corners which Larne eventually cleared to safety.

With 58 minutes the home side had their most clearcut chance of the night, when a corner was cleared only as far substitute Stephen Fallon who crossed it back into the box for Daniel Finlayson to crash his head off the crossbar, with Sam Roscoe missing the rebound on the full stretch.

Two minutes later Larne regain their composure, with Lee Bonis helping space open up for Ben Doherty 20 yards out and his shot was well turned wide by Johns.

The deadlock was broken with 13 minutes on the clock, coming from what always looked like Linfield’s most likely source.

Wide on the right referee Ross Dunlop awarded the home side a free-kick which Kirk Millar swung into the back post with substitute Michael Newberry heading home to give Linfield a a precious lead.

Linfield: Johns, Roscoe, Shields, Callacher, Millar, McClean (’51 Fallon), McDaid, M Clarke, McKee (’63 Devine), Finlayson (’63 Newberry), Mulgrew

Unused subs: Walsh, Vertainen, Pepper, McStravick

Larne: Ferguson, Want, Randall , O’Neill (’73 Kearns), Bonis, Doherty, Donnelly, Gordon (’73 Sule), Bolger, Millar, Cosgrove

Unused subs: McIntyre, Kelly, Scott, Hughes, Sloan

Referee: Ross Dunlop

Photo: Presseye

Exactly a month after our last visit, we return to Windsor Park to take on Linfield on Tuesday evening. Kick-off is 7.45pm and below our Landmark Match Guide and all you need to know ahead of the trip to South Belfast.

Tickets and Travel

This is an all-ticket match and you can purchase yours HERE. Tickets are priced at £12 for adults and £8 for concessions,.

Please see the Inver Red & Whites, Larne NISC or Larne Reds pages to book a place on each bus. Supporters Liaison Officer Richard Todd can also help with this process.

1889 Sports and Social Club

The 1889 will be open from 5pm for those travelling to the big game. It will also be open for those returning to Larne afterwards.

Linfield

Since Larne’s victory at Windsor last month, Linfield have embarked on an unbeaten run, climbing to fifth place in the table. Nine points separate the two sides, although David Healy’s men have made it four wins and a draw from their last five league games.

Joel Cooper is Linfield’s leading goalscorer this season, with nine strikes to his name, although the former Oxford United player has missed the last couple of games through injury.

The Inver Reds

Friday’s hard-fought 2-1 victory over Dungannon Swifts maintained Larne’s place at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership, making it 12 wins from 15 league outings to date. The game also saw Paul O’Neill move into double figures for the season, as he continues his fine partnership with Lee Bonis in attack.

Tiernan Lynch’s men recorded a memorable 4-2 victory in last month’s visit to Windsor and the two clubs will also contest the County Antrim Shield final for the second season in a row, when they meet in January.

Two second half goals helped Larne come from behind to defeat Dungannon Swifts and build on their lead at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership.

Ryan Mayse gave the visitors the lead just before the break, but Larne kept their composure to fight back in the second half.

The two sides came into the game having just 10 days ago at the same venue.

Larne ran out comfortable 4-0 winners on that occasion, adding further woe to the team with the second worst defensive record in the league, having shipped 39 goals in their 15 Premiership outings coming into this one.

The game started like one which wouldn’t be short of goalmouth action and it was the Swifts who could have gone in front after just four minutes.

Rhyss Campbell cut through the Larne defence, before clipping the outside of the post of the right-hand post, with Larne goalkeeper Jack McIntyre stranded.

Larne responded well at the other end, with Leroy Millar and Lee Bonis combining well before the latter drew a good save out of Declan Dunne from a tight angle inside the box.

Despite their league position Dungannon continued look dangerous in the opening exchanges and were frustrated they didn’t take the lead with 13 minutes gone. James Knowles swung in a dangerous free-kick from the right and Caolon Marron was denied by a good save from McIntyre.

After a lively start, the game turned a little bit scrappy. Paul O’Neill failed to get telling touch on a sumptuous Mark Randall cross and Ben Doherty curled wide from just inside the box.

Larne began to get into their groove more as the half wore on and O’Neill came within a whisker of breaking the deadlock nine minute from the break, but steered his header just wide of the far post from Leroy Millar’s right-wing cross.

Five minutes before the break, Leroy Millar got in behind the Swifts defence, but his low shot was well saved by Dunne and the ball spun on to the bar and over for a corner.

Against the run of play Dungannon took the lead with a minute of the half remaining.

From a long ball over the top Larne goalkeeper Jack McIntyre raced out of his box. He attempted to control the ball, only to be robbed by Michael O’Connor, with the ball dropping to Ryan Mayse, who finished into an empty net from all of 40 yards.

Stung by going behind Larne began the second half with purpose and were level within five minutes.

From a good move down the left, Bonis pulled the ball back to Leroy Millar, with his shot saved by Dunne, Paul O’Neill was on home to slam home the rebound.

O’Neill should really have had his second of the night 10 minutes later, when Mark Randall slipped the striker clear in the box, but he shot straight at the legs of former Cliftonville team-mate Dunne.

Much like the first half, the chances began to dry up as Dungannon continued to compete well.

It looked like the game could well be heading for a draw, which the visitors were well worth at this point.

However, with eight minutes on the clock a piece of brilliance from Ben Doherty helped to spark the home side.

The former Coleraine man turned on the pace to race down the left flank and showed great composure once inside the box to slide the ball across the face of goal for O’Neill to tap Larne into the lead.

Doherty almost got on to the scoresheet himself four minutes later, but was denied by a superb save from Dunne, low down to his right.

Larne: McIntyre, Want, Randall (’87 Sule), O’Neill, Bonis, Doherty, Donnelly, Gordon, Bolger, Millar, Cosgrove

Unused subs: Ferguson, Kelly, Kearns, Scott, Hughes, Sloan

Dungannon Swifts: Dunne, Scott (’88 Walsh), Marron, Knowles, Mayse (’88 Cushnie), McCready (’88 Gallagher), O’Connor, Campbell, Barr (’88 Bruna), McGee (’57 McGinty), Animasahun

Unused subs: Groogan, Breen

Referee: Ben McMaster

Christmas is just around the corner – and we have plenty planned to celebrate the festive period with you.

A number of events have been planned around Inver Park and 1889 Sports and Social Club over the next month in anticipation of the big day.

Starting on Sunday 4th December, the Kids’ Christmas Party will take place for children between the ages of 5 and 11 years old. This will take place from 2-5pm, with a Kids’ disco, Santa’s Grotto and tea and coffee available for adults.

On Saturday 10th December, football takes centre-stage as Larne take on Newry City at Inver Park. In what is the final game before Christmas at Inver Park, you can be guaranteed of a festive atmosphere with Santa leading the teams out before the game. Post-match entertainment will be held at 1889 Sports and Social Club after the game until late.

The following day (Sunday 11th) at 1889 Sports and Social Club will see the Teen Christmas Party take place. For those aged between 11-16 years old, there will be a disco, football on the pitch and games consoles on offer! This event will take place between 2-5pm.

On Saturday 17th December, it’s time for the Season Ticket Holder’s Christmas Party in the 1889 Sports & Social Club. Starting at 4.30pm, enjoy an acoustic set from 4.45pm before a DJ takes over to take the party into the night. There will be festive treats and drinks available for the occasion including mince pies and mulled wine!

The following day (Sunday 18th) there will be a Extern kid’s Christmas event held at 1889 Sports and Social Club. Taking place from 2-4pm, there will be lots of fun-filled festive activities including glitter tattoos, face painting, a disco, visit from Santa and much more! Entry will cost £2 for kids and £1 for adults.

On the Tuesday evening (20th December), the annual Carol Service will take place at Inver Park. This event is free to attend for everyone in what promises to be an event to celebrate, with music by the 1st Larne OB Silver Band and local school choirs. The Carol Service will begin at 7pm, with refreshments served in the 1889 afterwards.

On Christmas Eve, 1889 Sports and Social Club will be open and The Castaways will be on stage from 4-7pm to get the Christmas party started. The Social Club will also be open on Christmas Day for festive pints from 2-4pm.

It’s a local derby on Boxing Day as Larne welcome rivals Carrick Rangers to Inver Park for a battle of bragging rights. The match will kick-off at the later time of 5:30pm and you can enjoy all of the Boxing Day football live in the 1889 Sports and Social Club from 12pm. After the match, there will be entertainment in 1889 until late.

Don’t forget, there will be a pop-up Official Larne Football Club Shop on Larne Main Street at the former NFU Mutual building from the 12th – 24th December. You will be able to purchase all of the official club merchandise including our Nike training and kit range, gifts and accessories and exclusive Christmas items.

It’s back to Inver Park on Friday evening for Larne, as Tiernan Lynch’s side welcome Dungannon Swifts to Inver Park, at 7.45pm. Check out our Landmark Match Guide for all you need to know.

Tickets and entry

Tickets for all supporters are on sale HERE. Tickets are priced at £12 for adults. £8 for concessions and just £2 for Primary School-aged children accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are available for all three areas of the stadium and supporters are strongly advised to purchase online to avoid queues at the turnstiles.

Supporters are also reminded there will be time to make it to Inver in time for kick-off, after the Christmas Lights switch-on in the town centre. There will be some road closures in place and you can plan ahead by reading our article HERE.

1889 Sports & Social Club

There will be plenty of Matchday offers for supporters at the 1889, with doors open from 5pm.

For The Town Appeal

There will be an opportunity to donate towards the work of our ‘For the Town Christmas Appeal 2022’ at Friday’s match. This year’s appeal sees donations of non-perishable food and essentials, and cash for fresh produce, taking place at three key NIFL Premiership home matches in the run up to the big day. Simply look out for our volunteers on arrival outside the 1889 Sports & Social Club.

For more information on the appeal, please see HERE.

Club Shop

We are delighted to say our new range of our blue shirts, from our 2022/23 3rd kit, will be on sale from the Club Shop. We also have our new home shirts as well as Nike training wear on sale, with the doors opening at 6.45pm.

The club’s new grey bobble hats are also in stock, a must for the winter weather!

The Inver Read

You will be able to get your hand on the new November edition of the Inver Read, our brand-new monthly magazine, at Saturday’s match.

We have a jam-packed edition, including interviews with Lee Bonis, Tomas Cosgrove and Dylan Sloan.  This month’s player poster is of Fuad Sule. Priced at just £3.50, you can pick up yours from the Club Shop and Tea & Coffee Kiosk.

Our visitors

It’s just 10 days since Dungannon last visited Inver Park, for a re-arranged league encounter. Since then, they put in a promising display at home to Cliftonville, before eventually going down 2-0 to Cliftonville.

The defeat to Cliftonville saw the return from injury of former Glentoran and Glenavon Caolan Marron. Swifts’ boss Dean Shiels still has a number of players on the treatment table, however.

The Inver Reds

Larne come into this one three points clear at the top of the Premiership standing, albeit having played one game more than Glentoran, who are in second.

Tuesday saw Larne booked their place in a third consecutive County Antrim Shield final. Tiernan Lynch made 10 changes for the semi-final win over Dundela, with a number of players seizing their opportunity to impress.

The November edition of the Inver Read is out now, available to buy at CS Sports and on Matchdays from the Club Shop and Tea & Coffee Kiosk.

Below we have an exclusive first look at the article introducing Academy graduate Sean Brown (pictured above signing his new contract with coach Andy Mitchell).

When the starting line-up was announced on social media ahead of our County Antrim Shield opener against Knockbreda back in September, supporters found themselves querying an unfamiliar name amongst the eleven.

“Who is Sean Brown?” is the question many asked themselves when reading the team, a fair question bearing in mind the 17-year-old defender hadn’t featured for Tiernan Lynch’s side at all throughout pre-season, never mind competitive action.

By the end of the 90 minutes, everyone at Inver Park knew who Sean Brown was. The right wingback showed energy, commitment and sheer quality in his debut and was deservedly named Man of the Match at the end of the game, leaving supporters asking for more in upcoming games.

Since then, Sean has made four starts in cup competitions and has signed his first professional contract at Inver Park, a landmark moment in his short career to date. He said, “I was absolutely buzzing to sign a twoyear pro deal. It was the aim and the reason why I first joined the club’s Scholarship Programme, which made signing the contract a proud moment for myself. “The dream to play football full-time started as a child when I would play football in the streets. As I got older, I spent at Celtic Boys, Cliftonville and then Glentoran, but it was Larne’s ambition as a full-time that meant I couldn’t say no to joining the Scholarship Programme.”

Naturally a full-back, the Northern Ireland Youth international believes his style of play is even more suited to the current system being adopted by the first team this season.

“I love getting up and down the pitch on the right side. I feel like I’m full of energy which allows me to get forward, play a part in our attacks by getting on the ball in the final third and getting crosses into the box. “While I would probably describe myself as more of a ‘modern day full-back’, I understand the need to get the balance right. Thankfully I equally enjoy defending, getting back in and helping the side be compact and keep clean sheets.”

Alongside receiving huge plaudits at club level, Sean has also impressed at international level and was selected for the Northern Ireland Super Cup squad who faced Manchester United in a series of exhibition games during the summer. “Playing against Manchester United twice was an amazing experience. It was probably the first time I had played in front of a really big crowd, which made it really special. United were obviously a fantastic side, so I learnt so much during the two games and playing in those types of games at my age will only make me a better player.”

With four senior appearances under his belt, Sean hopes to keep developing at a rapid rate alongside completing his studies within our Scholarship Programme. “Off the pitch I want to complete my education at the club and get the best results possible. From a footballing point of view, training with the first team as much as possible will further my development alongside getting minutes in front of crowds when I can.”

 

We are delighted to announce that we will be opening an Official Larne Football Club shop on Larne Main Street in the run up to Christmas for a two week period.

Having a pop-up shop on Larne Main Street over the last couple of years has proven to be hugely popular with supporters and we are delighted to be able to bring it back this year again.

The official store will be located at 114 Main Street, Larne BT40 1RG (formerly the NFU Mutual building) and will be open from Monday 12th December through to Christmas Eve.

Supporters will be able to purchase our full range of stock including exclusive new Nike merchandise, replica shirts, gifts and accessories and tickets for games around the Christmas period, including the much anticipated derby against Carrick Rangers on Boxing Day.

The opening hours will be as follows:

Monday – Friday: 10am – 4pm and 7pm – 8:30pm

Saturdays: 10am – 2pm

Sundays: Closed

Christmas Eve: 10am – 2pm

We look forward to seeing you all in our official store in the run up to Christmas and we will make sure we have everything you need for the Larne supporters in your home this Christmas!

Larne have made their third County Antrim Shield final in as many seasons after a strong second half performance away to Dundela.

It was a much-changed line-up at Wilgar Park, but second half goals from Paul O’Neill, Lee Bonis and Daniel Kearns set-up a January decider against Linfield, in what is a rerun of last season’s final.

More to follow…

Photo: Pacemaker

SUPPORTERS attending Friday night’s Danske Bank Premiership clash with Dungannon Swifts are advised to read the below information on stadium access and road closures ahead of the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Christmas Lights event on the same night.

Information On Both Events

As we anticipate that a large number of supporters may be attending the MEABC’s event prior to kick-off, plans have been put in place to ensure faster entry into Inver Park before the game.

With the Christmas Lights switch on scheduled for 7.30pm at Broadway, it is expected that the tree will be lit before 7.45pm, allowing time for those with match tickets to make the five-minute walk from Broadway to Inver Park just in time for the referees’ whistle.

Supporters attending both events are encouraged to purchase tickets for the McKay Stand or the Church End areas of the stadium, with the Riverside entrance next to St. Cedma’s Church in operation to allow for faster access into the stadium. This entrance will be open before the game and will remain open after kick-off for anyone arriving after 7.45pm.

Road Closure Information & Stadium Arrival

To allow for the Christmas Lights parade to take place, High Street and Bridge Street leading to Inver Park will close at 7.25pm. Those requiring vehicular access to the stadium are asked to arrive at 7pm to avoid congestion at the time of closure.

Supporters are asked to park at the Riverdale Car Park pre-game and make the short walk to the stadium where possible, while those wishing to park at 1st Larne Presbyterian Church can access this area via the Mill Road or Glynn Road.

The Big Match

Friday night will see Tiernan Lynch’s Inver Reds aim to build on their excellent league form with another three points to remain at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership.

We will once again be asking for fans to come out in their numbers to get behind the team under the lights at Inver Park, which always delivers a special atmosphere to push the team forward. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at larnefc.com/tickets.

 

Larne make the trip to Wilgar Park on Tuesday evening to face Dundela with a place in this season’s County Antrim final at stake. Kick-off in East Belfast is 7.45pm. Take a look below for all you need to know ahead of the game in our Landmark Match Guide.

Tickets and Travel

Entry has been set at £12 for adults and £8 for concessions by the Co. Antrim FA. Tickets do not need to be purchased in advance, with supporters able to pay at the turnstiles on the night.

Larne fans will also have access to the Dundela Social Club on the evening.

All three Supporters Clubs are running buses for this game, with the Inver Red & Whites having sold out their bus, while limited spaces remain for the Larne FC Reds and Larne NISC. Please check their Facebook pages for more information.

1889 Sports & Social Club

The 1889 will be open from 5pm for those travelling to the game from Inver Park and will remain open for their return.

Dundela

The Duns come into this game flying high in the Championship, having beaten table-topping Loughgall at Lakeview Park on Saturday. That result kept them in third place, behind Annagh United on Goal Difference only. Following Niall Currie’s departure to Portadown, there has also been a change in the dugout in recent weeks with former Ballyclare Comrades boss Paul Harbinson taking over as manager.

In the Shield so far, Dundela have beaten Ballyclare Comrades (on penalties) as well as an impressive 4-1 win away to Carrick Rangers in the quarter-finals. They also count former Larne players Chris Rodgers and Benny Igiehon among their squad.

The Inver Reds

Larne come into this game as Shield holders, having won the competition back-to-back in the last two seasons. The 2020 victory over Glentoran ended the club’s 33-year wait for a senior trophy, while Tiernan Lynch’s side retained the Shield with a 1-0 victory over Linfield in last season’s decider.

Victories over Knockbreda and Ballymena have earned a place in this year’s last four. The Invermen are also riding high in the league, with Saturday’s 5-0 victory away to Portadown retaining their place at the top of the Premiership.

Ben Doherty bagged a brace as Larne ran out 5-0 winners away to Portadown.

Leroy Millar opened the scoring before Doherty scored either side of the break, with Lee Bonis and Cian Bolger also finding the net in the second half.

More to follow…

Photo: Bill Guiller

Larne travel to Shamrock Park for the second time this season, as we prepare to take on Niall Currie’s Portadown on Saturday. Kick-off in this one is 3pm. Take a look below for all you need to know ahead of the game in our Landmark Match Guide.

Tickets and Travel

Tickets for this game can be purchased HERE. They are priced at £12 for adults, £8 for concessions and £5 for those of Primary School age. Larne fans will be housed in away Chalet End Stand.

Please see the Inver Red & Whites, Larne FC Reds and Larne NISC Facebook pages for more information about travel to this game – a very limited number of seats are expected to be available.

1889 Sports & Social Club

The 1889 will be open from 12noonfor those travelling to the game from Inver Park and will remain open for their return.

Portadown

Portadown have struggled for form in the first third of the season and continue to look for their first league win of the campaign, after 14 games. Niall Currie was appointed at the end of October, taking over from Paul Doolin for his second stint in charge of the club. Having inherited a team in bottom spot, his task, first and foremost, will be to keep his hometown club in the top flight.

They come into this game off the back of a 2-0 defeat away to Carrick Rangers, however they remain just three points behind Dungannon Swifts, who are in 11th place.

The Inver Reds

Larne head down the M1 in good form, having returned to the top of the table with Tuesday’s 4-0 win at home to Dunnganon Swifts. The victory took them to just over half the total they amassed in the whole of last season, with 13 games played for Tiernan Lynch’s side.

Leroy Millar and Lee Bonis continued their fine goalscoring form on Tuesday with a goal apiece. It was Paul O’Neill who grabbed the only goal of the game the last time travelled to Shamrock Park, in September.

Larne travel to Wilgar Park on Tuesday 15th November to take on Dundela for a place in the Toalsbet.Com Shield final.

Ticket details have now been confirmed for the semi-final, as the Invermen strive to make their third decider in as many years.

Entry has been set at £12 for adults and £8 for concessions by the Co. Antrim FA. Tickets do not need to be purchased in advance, with supporters able to pay at the turnstiles on the night.

Larne fans will also have access to the Dundela Social Club on the evening.

Kick-off in East Belfast will be 7.45pm, with Linfield taking on Glentoran in the other semi-final clash on the same evening.

Larne bagged another four goals at home as the Invermen moved back to the top of the Danske Bank Premiership.

Early goals from Lee Bonis and Mark Randall, coupled with Leroy Millar and Tomas Cosgrove scoring late on wrapped up a 4-0 win at home to Dungannon Swifts.

The early goal arrived after Larne forced a corner on the right flank. The ball was cleared as far as Fuad Sule on the edge of the box. He returned the ball to the right flank where Mark Randall crossed on to the head of Leroy Millar, who nodded on for Lee Bonis to produce a controlled volley from eight yards out.

Things almost went from bad to worse two minutes later. From a loose ball forward Larne’s Leroy Millar and the Swifts’ Mayowa Animasahun raced towards the box with the latter getting a touch and inadvertently rifling an effort which came off the base of the post before being cleared to safety.

The home side had to wait until the 25 minute to double their lead, with Mark Randall starting and finishing the move.

The English midfielder nicked the ball off Gerardo Bruna on the right touchline before playing it forward to goalscorer Lee Bonis.

Bonis strode forward with the ball into the box before slipping it right to Randall and he applied a low finish past Declan Dunne from a tight angle.

In a brief respite, Dungannon’s first opportunity came with half an hour on the clock when Joe McCready had time to bring the ball down 25 yards from goal, but his snapshot drifted comfortably wide of Jack McIntyre’s right-hand post

Larne pushed for a third before the break and almost got it on 38 minutes, only for Tomas Cosgrove’s thumping header from a Ben Doherty corner to be well saved by Declan Dunne.

Then, three minutes before the half-time whistle, Lee Bonis flashed an audacious volley just over the bar after good work from Tomas Cosgrove, who had done well to jink his way into the box.

Larne began the second half in similar fashion, looking like a side determined who to wrap up the points.

They almost did just that two minutes after the break, when Lee Bonis lobbed in a cross for Leroy Millar to head against the base of the post. With striker Paul O’Neill following up behind him he could only follow suit and struck almost the exact same bit of woodwork.

The game hit something of a lull after this, but Larne still had opportunities to build on their lead.

With 16 minutes left, Ben Doherty forced a great save from Declan Dunne at full stretch when he cut in from the right an unleashed a fierce left-footed drive which looked destined for the roof of the net.

From the resulting corner, Lee Bonis side footed wide from a good position at the back post.

Strike partner O’Neill passed up a guilt-edge opportunity of his own soon afterwards. Bonis played the former Cliftonville man through on goal but he could only shoot at Dunne when one-on-one.

Despite building up a head of steam late on, Larne finally added a third with three minutes left.

Mark Randall dispossessed James Knowles in a dangerous area before slipping in Leroy Millar and he thundered home his second goal in as many games.

There was still time for a fourth. With a minute left Ben Doherty flashed a corner from the right into the box with Tomas Cosgrove heading into the bottom corner.

Larne: McIntyre, Want, Sule (’90 Gordon), Randall (’90 Sloan), O’Neill (’90 Kearns), Bonis, Doherty (’90 Kelly), Donnelly, Bolger, Millar, Cosgrove (’90 Scott)

Unused subs: Ferguson, Hughes

Dungannon Swifts: Dunne, Breen, Knowles, McCready (’80 Convie), Campbell, Mayse (’80 Scott) McGinty, Cushnie (’59 Barr), McGee, Animashuna (’80 Gallagher), Bruna (’59 O’Connor)

Unused: Groogan, Francis

Referee: Jamie Robinson

Photo: Pacemaker

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