LARNE and Portadown shared the spoils at Inver Park with both sides taking the lead at different points, but ultimately not doing enough in the end to secure the win.

The result leaves both the Inver Men and the Ports still unbeaten in seven league games, whilst Dundela’s 4-1 win over Limavady United means Larne drop to second in the table.

Early on in the match, Thomas Stewart was unable to reach Ben Tilney’s cross from the left after Declan Dunne got hold of the ball in the air on six minutes.

Martin Donnelly’s fierce free-kick from 25 yards 13 minutes in forced an excellent stop from Dunne, with David Scullion’s follow up landing in the side-netting.

Shortly after a quarter of an hour, Christopher Lavery put Darren Murray one on one with Conor Devlin with the ex-Cliftonville keeper’s experience showing as he spread his body to block the shot.

With 22 minutes gone, Donnelly’s attempt from outside the box drifted over the crossbar, and hust before half an hour, Scullion got on the end of Tilney’s through-ball but was half a yard short in front of goal.

Portadown put themselves ahead on 35 minutes when Adam Salley converting from the penalty spot after Paul Finnegan was adjudged to have handled the ball, earning him a booking.

Larne equalised ten minutes later on the stroke of half time, with Donnelly curling his free-kick 23 yards from goal into the back of the net.

The Invermen then fired themselves in front for the first time 20 minutes from time when the returning David McDid provided a neat finish to Tomas Cosgrove’s right wing cross.

Five minutes later, this time it was the away side who snatched one back courtesy of Adam McCallum connecting his head to a Portadown free-kick.

With 79 minutes gone, Graham Kelly’s strike left the bar shaking with Jeff Hughes unable to provide the finish needed on the rebound.

Despite a flurry of chances in the final ten minutes, both teams couldn’t find the winner and left Inver Park with a point apiece.

Larne: Devlin, Sule, Finnegan, Kelly, Scullion (Hassin), Stewart (McDaid), Donnelly, Tilney (McEleney), McNally, Cosgrove, Hughes

Unused subs: Henry, Dougherty

Portadown: Dunne, McCallum, Flynn, Lavery, Kilmartin, Sailey, (Carmichael), Braniff, Murray (Douglas), Hall, Thompson, Mackie (Wilson)

Referee: Ken Gibbons

Attendance: 1238

It’s another East Antrim derby in less than a fortnight as Larne travel to Ballyclare to take on the Comrades on Saturday 29th September. Kick off at Dixon Park is 3pm.

TOMORROW we welcome the players, management, directors and supporters of Portadown FC to Inver Park for what is sure to be an exciting game between what the bookies have as the two favourites for the Bluefin Championship. 

We are all long enough in the tooth and have the war wounds to know however that sometimes the bookies get it wrong, but in this instance, with the quality and experience both teams have in their ranks its fair to say we would both hope to be in the shake-up come the business end of the season.

The hype and interest around the game has been slightly different from any other this season. The amount of calls and messages I’ve fielded this week from the press, past players, unattached managers and genuine football people has assured me we are in for a game.

Let’s hope both sets of players and fans embrace this, add to the occasion and ensure we give the Bluefin Championship and NIFL a spectacle we can jointly be proud of.

Since my last notes we have recorded back to back victories on the road against Dundela in the league and our neighbours Carrick Rangers in the County Antrim Shield, registering two nil victories against both.

It wasn’t just the victories and clean sheets that impressed, it was the nature of how we went about closing both games out that struck a chord with me.

We played some football, we won some battles, we got players some valuable game time and proved to some that we’re maybe not as soft centred as our opponents may think.

Before moving on from last week, could I please reiterate and back up what the players seem to be saying in their weekly newsletter columns. You really have been and will continue to be our 12thman this season. Please get behind us tomorrow from the off and try to shout us over the line.

We’ve embarked on this journey together and we will only succeed if we all play our parts in making it happen.

Remember, unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.

I have witnessed this on the pitch this season, with the boys hunting in packs and having each other’s backs.

Off the pitch, at boardroom level there has been a real willingness to help, dig deep and tackle the challenges our unprecedented growth has brought. This has been highlighted none more so than this week, as we endeavour to cater for what will undoubtedly be our biggest crowd of the season tomorrow, whilst trying to ensure we make a success of the opportunity our ‘Glamour Friendly’ with a Rangers XI affords us. It’s been tough but enjoyable and I thank the individuals who have been there and just got on with it, you know who you are…

On the terraces, you the fans who continue to grow in number, you have been outstanding. Our home attendances are up, our away attendances are up and being greeted with delight by many an opposing Treasurer, but the great thing for me is I know from old you still have so much more to bring to the party, so many more disillusioned fans for you to bring back and I believe you will. Enjoy your fan march to the ground tomorrow, be loud and be proud.

Finally, can I thank The Curran Court Hotel for their continued sponsorship of our pre-match preparations, our match sponsor Roy Logan, our match ball sponsor Larne Northern Ireland Supporters Club and our Man of the Match sponsor, Classic Drinks in conjunction with Vallformosa. Your support is greatly appreciated.

See you at the church end…

Regards

Gareth

#RAWA

Our 2009 age group hosted two successful tournaments in September, which welcomed 28 teams to Sandy Bay over two weekends.

This was an opportunity for these teams to play additional matches outside of their weekly development centres and play against different opponents from across the country.

Special mention must go to our 2009 coaches headed up by Clifford Bell, who organised and delivered two high quality weekends of football, while maintaining a perfect environment for player development.

Thanks to must go to our visiting teams coaches and parents who embraced this, and we hope to welcome them back again very soon.

Congratulations must go to our 2009 Olympic squad who won their section, and to our 2010 squad who reached the final playing one year up, and losing narrowly late on.

Our girls’ football programme has been growing rapidly since it recommenced in July, with over 40 girls aged from 5 years to 14 years training two nights a week under the guidance of Daniel Carlisle and his coaching team. On top of this, we have established a number of teams that participate weekly at four different age groups.

Like the boys’ set up, we want to create a conveyor belt of players who can progress to play in our Larne Ladies First Team in the coming years, and the success of Larne Ladies this season has helped to raise the profile of the our programme.

Over the coming weeks and months we will continue to develop this programme, working closely with the Irish FA Women’s Domestic Department to create a programme that is sustainable and provides opportunities for as many young girls as possible to get involved in our club.

The club would like to thank Northern Ireland defender Julie Nelson, who took the time to come down and meet our girls last week. Julie, who was born and raised in Larne, is someone that all of our girls can look up to as a role model, having recently received her 100th international cap for Northern Ireland.

If you would like to find out more information about getting involved, email youth@larnefc.com of contact Daniel Carlisle directly on 07740 340827.

LARNE FOOTBALL CLUB is delighted to confirm ticketing arrangements for our friendly against Rangers XI at Inver Park on Wednesday 17 October at 7.30pm.

It promises to be a fantastic night at Inver Park as we celebrate the installation of our new state of the art floodlights and artificial pitch.

Ticket sales open at the Club Shop at Inver Park on Wednesday for all Season Ticket holders, on Friday for Larne Youth and Larne Ladies pass holders and general sale opens on Saturday.

Tickets will be available for the Main Stand, the Main Terracing and the Church End terracing. There will be a limited number of concession tickets which will be sold on a first come, first served basis. There will also be a limited number of tickets for supporters with accessibility requirements and they should contact the club directly.

Tickets will be priced as follows:
Main Stand (unreserved seating): £15 adults, £10 concession.
Main Terrace: £12.50 adults, £8 concession.
Church End Terrace: £12.50 adults, £8 concession.

We will also have fantastic VIP hospitality packages on offer, details of which will be announced tomorrow.

Tickets will only be on sale from the Club Shop at Inver Park.

Priority ticket sales will open for VIP Members and Season Ticket holders on Wednesday 19 September at 5pm. VIP Members/Season Ticket holders can buy a maximum of four tickets and will receive a 10% discount for one ticket. You must produce your Membership card at the point of sale to purchase a ticket.

Ticket sales will open for Larne Youth and Larne Ladies pass holders on Friday 21 September. Pass holders can buy a maximum of two tickets. You must show your pass at the point of sale.

Tickets will go on general sale to all supporters on Saturday 22 September.

We will also have a range of special commemorative merchandise, which will go on sale this Saturday. Special match scarves (£10), polo shirts (£15) and hoodies (£25) will be available in the Club Shop. Badges will be available soon.

The Club Shop opening hours for the coming days will be:
Wednesday: 5pm-9pm
Thursday: 5pm-9pm
Friday: 3pm-9pm
Saturday: 12pm-3pm.

Further opening hours will be announced in due course. We expect strong demand for tickets so please make arrangements to get your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

LARNE comfortably saw off H&W Welders 3-0 with the Belfast side visibly struggling against an in-form home side. The Inver Men never had to labour for the win with Paul Finnegan, Darren Stuart and Thomas Stewart all getting on the scoresheet on the same night that Fuad Sule made his competitive debut for the club.

With just four minutes gone Larne took the lead as defender Finnegan got his head to a David Scullion corner to put the Inver Reds one ahead. 

On 25, Martin Donnelly crossed from the left into Stuart with the striker’s header being well saved by Ryan Brown. However, Jeff Hughes picked up the loose ball and put it back into the path of Stuart to double Larne’s advantage.

A brilliant move up field just after half an hour culminated with Stuart putting Jeff Hughes in on goal with the Larne midfielder having his strike tipped over by Brown as it headed towards the roof of the net.

Tomas Cosgrove then powered up the left with only the goalkeeper denying him his first goal for the club. Jeff Hughes’ then crashed a header off angle of bar and post to be denied again.

Freshly returned from injury, substitute Stewart added the Inver Men’s third on the hour mark, placing a beautiful side footed strike past Brown into the bottom corner.

With 18 minutes to go, Cosgrove put the ball into man of the match Liam Hassin from the left with the goalkeeper sticking out his foot to stop Man of the Match Hassin’s effort in its tracks.

In an effort to grab a consolation goal, Scott Davidson stepped up to take a free kick for the away side 23 yards out with his free kick deflecting off a defender and going behind on 84 minutes enough to condemn the Welders to their fourth successive defeat.

Larne: Devlin (GK) (c), Finnegan, Kelly, Scullion (Sule), Donnelly, Stuart (Stewart), Tilney, Hassin, McNally, Cosgrove, Hughes (Osei-Bonsu) 

Unused subs: McEleney, Dougherty

H&W Welders: Brown (GK), Hamill, Armstrong (c), Bolton, Spence, Deans, Graham, Morrow, Arthurs, O’Mahony (Davidson), Rainey (Gwiazda) 

Unused subs: Dornan, McIlmail, Whittle

Referee: Diarmuid Harrigan  

Attendance: 888

Larne return to Belfast once again for an away clash with league leaders, Dundela on Saturday 15thSeptember. Kick off at Wilgar Park is 3pm.

Photo: Bill Guiller

TONIGHT we welcome Harland & Wolff Welders to Inver Park for an earlier than normal 6.30pm kick off.

The Welders arrive at Inver for the first under the guidance of popular former Larne coach Norman Kelly. Norman is both a great coach and a top-class person to boot, I personally wish him every success for the season ahead and in his management career moving forward, but only after tonight of course…! 

At this point it would be remiss of me not to pass on the best wishes of Larne Football Club to Dan McMurray as he embarks on the road to recovery following a horrific injury sustained in the Bet McLean League Cup tie with Portstewart. I was glad to read during the week that Dan had successfully gone through surgery, lets hope now that he makes a full and speedy recovery. Get back kicking soon Dan.

Last Saturday we ground out a 2-1 win against a resolute PSNI outfit. We didn’t really settle down and start playing our football until Marty Donnelly tucked away a penalty shortly after the break, this seemed to calm the nerves a bit and our play then became a lot more fluent, as was typified by the build up to Ben Tinley’s second. We really should have been home and hosed at this point but a wonder strike from distance brought PSNI back into the game, this coupled with an extended period of injury time led to a very uncomfortable closing few minutes, but we got the job done. 

Before moving on from last Saturday, it has been brought to our attention that distasteful comments were made by an individual supporting Larne as the teams left the pitch at full time. Behaviour like this is not what we want, it is not to be condoned and will not be tolerated. If the perpetrator is found, I can assure you they will face sanction from the club. We are trying to build a reputation both on and off the field and we need everyone pulling together. Let’s keep it clean please.

I would like to congratulate Marty Donnelly on winning NI Football Writers Championship Player of the Month, an award that is richly deserved and one that I feel he could be in the running for consistently as the season progresses. The ‘White Pele’ has been a breath of fresh air around the club since he joined and it is great to see his performances being recognised outside of Inver Park.

On deadline day, we added two new faces to the panel in Fuad Sule and Benny Igiehon. Both come with decent pedigree, Fuad comes into contention tonight but unfortunately not so for Benny. Welcome to Larne guys, hopefully you enjoy your spell at the club.

You will notice tonight a ‘players wrap’ in the Fan Zone, that has really brightened the area up, this coupled with the progress made on the floodlights are constant reminders that we continue to move forward on our journey to deliver a first-class sporting facility for the people of Larne.

Commissioning the floodlights and completing work on the VIP lounge are our next priorities and we hope to have these completed in advance of our next home fixture. 

Before concluding, can I extend a warm Inver Park welcome to Edwin and Gina Haveron, who recently lost their football mad young son Samuel. Tonight, Larne Youth and Wellington Rec 2007’s will lead out the teams and together we will stand for a minute’s applause to honour Samuels memory. Let’s make it a memorable one folks…

Finally, can I thank The Curran Court Hotel for their continued sponsorship of our pre-match preparations, our match sponsor Red Groomswear, Belfast, our match ball sponsors Spar, Linn Road & Spar, Ballygalley and our Man of the Match sponsor, Classic Drinks in conjunction with Vallformosa. Your support is greatly appreciated.

See you at the church end…

Regards,

Gareth

#RAWA

TICKETING arrangements for Larne’s forthcoming County Antrim Shield tie away to Carrick Rangers and the Bluefin Sport Championship game at home to Portadown have been confirmed.

Larne Football Club has been advised that the supporters will be able to pay at the gate on the night for our match against Carrick Rangers at Taylor’s Avenue on Tuesday 18 September at 7.45pm. The match will not be ticketed.

Our home game against Portadown on Saturday 22nd September will not be ticketed for home supporters. Home supporters can use their membership cards or pay at the gate as normal.

300 tickets (including 100 concessions) will be issued for Portadown supporters. These tickets should be purchased through Portadown Football Club, and ticket sale details will be released in due course.

Over the coming weeks, works will be completed in order to open the Church End amd travelling supporters will be accommodated in this end of the ground with access from Church Lane. There will be hot food and toilet facilities made available at the Church End. 

There will be no access to the bar facilities or the Main Stand for Portadown supporters. Any Portadown supporters who enter into the home end of the ground will be ejected.

Portadown supporters with accessibility requirements should contact Portadown Football Club in order for alternative arrangements to be made as a limited number of seats will be made available.

TIERNAN Lynch has bolstered his first team squad with the double signing of Fuad Sule and Benny Igiehon.

Fuad, 21, is a defensive midfielder who arrives at the club on loan from Conference side Barnet.

The Irishman enjoyed a fine season with Bohemians in 2017, where he was voted their player of the season. This caught the attention of the then League 2 club, who brought him to the Hive in the January 2018 transfer window. He arrives at Inver Park hungry for game time and an opportunity to stake his claim for a place in the Larne midfield.

Benny Igiehon is a striker who was most recently with National League North side Boston United. Before that, he spent a year in the League of Ireland, with Sligo Rovers.

At 6’4 Benny brings a strong physical presence, to give an added dimension to the attack for the Invermen.

LARNE secured a hard-earned win away to PSNI with Marty Donnelly’s penalty and Ben Tilney’s first goal for the club enough to give the away side victory despite PSNI pulling one back late on. 

For much of the game, Larne were kept out by a solid PSNI back four and only guaranteed the win late on. The Inver Reds triumph at Newforge Lane leaves them four consecutive league games unbeaten.   

On 11 minutes, Donnelly was able to get on Tomas Cosgrove’s cross from the right but put his header over. 

Just before half an hour, at the other end, Lukasz Adamczyk squandered a headed chance in the box. 

On the stroke of half-time, Cosgrove crossed from the right-wing into Jeff Hughes, but likewise he sent his header over the crossbar. 

On 46 the deadlock was broken. Donnelly calmly converted from the spot past Jordan Williamson after Stuart was fouled in the area. 

Then, on 70 minutes, Ben Tilney shook off a PSNI defender and left the bar shaking after his ball into the box struck off the goalframe. 

Tilney did add Larne’s second on 81 minutes however, when he slotted home after an excellent move down the left. 

The home side pulled one back on 90 minutes when Jake McNeill struck a dipping volley past Conor Devlin from distance. 

Despite PSNI’s search for a last-minute equaliser during the five minutes of stoppage time, the Invermen held on to gain all three points.

PSNI: Williamson, Ferguson, Riddle, McCrory (Hutchinson), Simpson, Cochrane (J. Wilson), D. Wilson, McNeill, Adamczyk, Malone, Moody (Anderson)

Unused subs: Tumelty, Montgomery 

Larne: Devlin, Finnegan, Ramsey (Kelly), Donnelly, Stuart (Osei-Bonsu), Tilney, Hassin, McNally, Gilmour (Scullion), Cosgrove, Hughes

Unused subs: Henry, Dougherty 

Larne return to Inver Park on Friday 7th September to face H&W Welders.

THIS season, the Larne Olympic (under 20) and Under 18 teams will operate from one collective pool of players referred to as the Development Squad.

Hugh McKendry is in charge of the Development Squad together with Darrin Crawford, and the Young Inver Men started their league seasons this weekend. 

The Under 18s got the league campaign of with a home game against Portadown in the National league on Friday night at The Cliff. 

It finished 3-2 to Portadown but it was a very entertaining game an some really good attacking football from both sides. The Larne lads created alot of chances in the game and hit the post twice. Whilst they really deserved to take something from the game, they just weren’t clinical enough in front of goal on the night. The goals came Matthew Herron and Luke Harrison.

On Saturday, Larne Olympic got their league campaign off to a winning start with a 2-0 victory against H&W Welders at Inver Park.

It was another entertaining game with both teams playing at a fast pace and again Larne created a number of great chances to score more goals and hit the woodwork in this game also.

The goals came from Ciaran McErlean and Brian Cabraley. All in all it was a very encouraging start to the season with a lot of new players joining the club in the summer.

TOMORROW we travel to Newforge Lane, to take on a PSNI team currently under the stewardship of experienced ex-Inver Reds striker Colly Malone.

Anything you take away from a team managed by Colly you have to work for. Tomorrow will be no different, and we’ll need to show our mettle from the off if we are to leave with our unbeaten league record still intact.

We go into the game on the back of a nail biting 3-2 win at Loughgall on Friday night and an equally energy sapping 3-2 extra time defeat to Glentoran at The Oval on Tuesday evening.

To be honest, I’m disappointed not to be sitting here having recorded victories in both games, but on the other hand and like everyone else, I breathed a huge sigh of relief on the final whistle at Loughgall on Friday evening. That’s how close both games were and, in both instances, we need to look no further than the mirror in the analysis of how we could have changed or influenced the outcomes. 

We are playing an exciting brand of high tempo, passing football in a system that is maybe new to some of the players and with that comes learning curves and growing pains which are to be expected and learned from. It’s not as if we’re being ripped apart by teams, a few individual errors are hurting us, but the more the boys train and work together the more I’m confident these will be eradicated and we will be really proud of the results that they deliver. Again, it’s all about working hard and learning, nothing in this league is going to come easy.

Moving on, can I thank the supporters who travelled in numbers to both games for your support? As always it is greatly appreciated. I know its cliched but in games like these you really are our twelfth man and can be the difference in pulling us over the line.  Please keep making it happen.

Our numbers have been pretty much depleted in the week due to unforeseen illnesses and injuries, these however have given opportunities to others who have came in and performed admirably. Indeed, I’m not normally one for mentioning individuals but I think the performance of Liam Hassin at Loughgall and the work rate and effort of Cillin Gilmore at Glentoran are worthy of note. Well done lads and keep pushing on.

At the time of writing we are working tirelessly to try and get a few deals over the line before the transfer window closes. From the nine or ten opportunities Tiernan has been working hard on, we are hopeful of closing on two that we believe can strengthen us in areas where we feel we are a little short. I really hope these come through as the manager has worked round the clock all week to try and make it happen.

I want to take this opportunity to congratulate and commiserate with the Ladies on their efforts this season. Unfortunately, Wednesday night against Shamrock Ladies was one step too far for them, but I can assure you it wasn’t for the want of trying or a lack of effort, hey it just wasn’t to be. They trained hard, they prepared both professionally and meticulously on and off the pitch and congratulations must go to Shamrock, you deserved the victory. Well done.

Last Sunday saw the first run out for the newly formed Larne Legends at Inver Park against Glentoran Legends. Although the Glens won 5-3, friendship and Carolyn Tweed’s Arctic Trek were the real victors on the day. Old friendships and rivalries were renewed whilst raising £1000 for Cancer Focus, I, for one, couldn’t have been happier as to how the day unfolded and I cannot thank everyone enough for their support. Let’s do it again soon…

Before concluding, it has been a very busy week off the pitch, working on various projects that I hope to be in a position to shed some more light on in the coming weeks. Things really are progressing at a rate of knots which is going to continue to excite the town. 

Finally, the town laid young Sammy Haveron to rest on Monday afternoon and I was immensely proud to see the players, management and staff of Larne Football Club represented in such numbers. As the senior club in the town it is hugely important that we support the wider football family in the area, this is something that is not lost on us and we will continue to foster and grow these relationships.

Regards

Gareth 

#RAWA

LARNE left Lakeview Park with all three points on Friday night after a dramatic end to a topsy turvy encounter.

The Invermen saw what looked like a comfortable 2-0 lead disappear in the space of a sloppy 60 seconds, before recovering to win it with a 94th minute goal.

After an even opening quarter, in which Conor Mullen and Jeff Hughes went close at either end, it was Larne who began to turn the screw.

Marty Donnelly broke the deadlock five minutes before the break, when he picked up a loose ball from a corner and curled it from a tight angle.

Darren Stuart then had an opportunity to double the advantage before half-time, but his one-on-one effort was well saved by Gareth Buchanan.

Donnelly doubled the advantage shortly after the break, when he raced on to a fine pass from Ben Tilney, to loft the ball into the roof of the net.

However, it was all change on the hour mark when Gary Liggett pounced on a mix-up at the back to round Conor Devlin and slot home.

A minute later and Tomas Cosgrove was deemed to have committed a foul inside the box, with Andy Hoey converting from 12 yards.

Both sides went in search of the winner for the remaining half hour, but it was Larne who came closet when Jeff Hughes saw his goalbound header somehow turned wide by Buchanan.

Hughes then had a strong penalty appeal turned down, as it looked like the game would finish honours even.

However, in the 94th minute Paul Finnegan, who had just come off the bench, got on the end of Donnelly’s free-kick to force home a valuable winner.

Next up for Tiernan Lynch’s men is a Bet McLean League Cup 2nd Round tie away to Glentoran (7.45pm) on Tuesday 28th August.

 

Larne: Devlin, McEleney (Finnegan), Kelly, Stewart (Gilmour), Donnelly, Stuart (Scullion), Tilney, Hassin, McNally, Cosgrove, Hughes

 

Unused Subs: Doughterty, Ramsey

IT took extra time to separate Glentoran and Larne, as Dylan Davidson’s goal seven minutes from the end was enough to seal the win for the Glens. Extra time came after an exhilarating 90 minutes in which both sides shared four goals. After a long night though, it was the Glens who made it through to the third round of the Bet McLean League Cup.

In a dramatic start to the first half, Robbie McDaid struck the crossbar, and then on 19 minutes, Kane’s header was superbly cleared off the line by Ben Tilney.

With 25 minutes gone, Tomas Cosgrove crossed into Jeff Hughes in the area with Elliott Morris having to strain to grasp hold of the ball. A chaotic scramble ensued involving David Scullion and Darren Stuart with Morris eventually securing hold of the ball.

Shortly after half an hour, Stuart scored the opener, tapping in at the near post having been set up by Scullion’s fine work and cross from the right.

Just on the stroke of half-time, Hughes played a blind pass across the back four with the interception being made by McDaid who fired a sweet strike past Devlin into the bottom right to bring the home side back on level terms.

Glentoran went ahead on 56 minutes courtesy of Kane’s bullet of a header past Devlin, getting on the end of a long throw-in.

However, on 68, the away side equalised through substitute Chris Ramsey, rifling the ball into the back of the net after Morris failed to get control of the ball from a Scullion corner.

With 20 minutes to go, McGuigan was in on goal to score, but former Cliftonville keeper Devlin got a hand to it to deny McGuigan. It then seemed like the home side had retaken the lead when McDaid tapped in at the far post on 71 minutes, but the linesman’s flag quickly cut short the celebrations.

With no further goals the game went into extra-time and Larne went close through two headed attempts, firstly from Patrick McNally and then Jeff  Hughes produced a great save from Elliott Morris.

Then, with just seven minutes remaining on the clock, Connor Pepper played the ball into Nathan Kerr with the sub crossing to Davidson to poke home the winner.

Glentoran: Morris, Garrett, Kane (c), Birney, McGuigan, McDaid (Allen), Pepper, Crowe, Gordon (Kerr), Redman (McCarthy), Byrne (Davidson)

Unused subs: Nelson, McMahon, Ferrin

Larne: Devlin (c), McEleney (Ramsey), Kelly (Finnegan), Scullion, Stewart (Gilmour), Stuart, Tilney, Hassin, McNally, Cosgrove, Hughes

Unused subs: Dougherty, Henry

Referee: Andrew Davey

Larne are back on the road once more this weekend for Championship Match Day Four against PSNI. Kick-off at Newforge Lane is 3pm.

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