Larne Football Club is proud to partner with the Donate4Daithi Campaign for Organ Donation Week, and to encourage supporters to consider doing something incredible by signing the organ donor register and having a conversation with loved ones about your wishes.

Daithi Mac Gabhann was born with a rare heart condition back in 2016 and was given a 10% chance of survival after open heart surgery at just 4 days old.

Overcoming the odds, Daithi has now been on the waiting list for a heart transplant for more than 4 years. As they wait, Daithi along with parents Mairtin and Seph founded the Donate4Daithi campaign to raise awareness of organ donation.

The Donate4Daithi campaign has also successfully lobbied for a change in the law to ‘soft opt-out’ organ donation in Northern Ireland, which will be known as ‘Daithi’s Law’.

Larne Captain Tomas Cosgrove wore a special pink Donate4Daithi armband during Saturday afternoon’s 2-0 victory over Coleraine to mark the occasion, and we look forward to welcoming Daithi and his family to join the RAWA for a match day at Inver Park soon.

Joining the NHS Organ Donor Register is quick and easy. A few moments of your time, and a simple chat, could save up to nine lives.

To sign the Organ Donor Register visit: https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/ 

To read more about Daithi’s story visit: http://donate4daithi.org/

Following the launch of our official 2022/23 Nike Apparel range, we are excited to announce that the club will have a permanent presence on Larne Main Street once again through a renewed partnership with CS Sports.

 

As a result of our growing fanbase, there has never been more demand for official Larne FC merchandise. The renewed partnership with CS Sports, which boasts a prime town centre location and is open six days per week, will ensure that it is easier than ever before to pick up a gift, spend birthday money or simply browse through our Nike merchandise range all year round.

 

While our CS Sports Superstore will focus on selling Nike merchandise six days per week, supporters will still be able to purchase our full product range both online and from our matchday superstore at Inver Park before every game.

 

Speaking on the expansion of the partnership, General Manager Niall Curneen said:

 

“I am delighted to partner with CS Sports once again. We are committed to supporting local sponsors/businesses and this partnership benefits both parties. It also helps us to continue driving people down to the shop on our Main Street, which is something we are committed to using our platform towards encouraging people to do.

 

“CS Sports will provide access to our primary merchandise ranges with ease, including replica shirts and the brand-new Nike training wear range for the season ahead.  Alongside this, our online shop will continue to make official merchandise accessible for Larne fans located across the UK and further afield – or for those who prefer the online shopping experience.”

 

Colin Steele, owner of CS Sports added:

 

“Both Niall and I arrived at this point naturally and we’re excited to assist the club in growing the Larne Football Club brand here in the heart of our town. 

 

“Having a thriving Main Street is vital to towns like Larne and the impact that this will have in encouraging people to continue to shop local will be significant.

 

“There is a natural synergy between the local senior club and the local sports shop, and we’re excited to be able to provide something so beneficial to the club.”

With the Danske Bank Premiership season now underway, we can confirm Season Ticket sales will close on Monday 12th September.

With strong sales and an unbeaten start to our Danske Bank Premiership campaign, there is no better time to get involved and save yourself money over the course of the season.

As always, Inver Park will play host to some massive games over the next few months, starting with none other than the Shanes Hill Derby on Friday night against Ballymena United.

Having been awarded ‘Best Sports Venue of the Year’ at the NI Hospitality Awards this summer, Inver Park has become a hotspot within the local community, attracting supporters of all ages with something on offer to entertain every member of a family.

We have an extensive range of Season Ticket packages available, all of which are available to browse and purchase through Smart Club at the following link:
https://www.smartclubcloud.com/registration/registration.aspx?club=054c5a29-94c7-4a5d-908f-fa926013437c&type=r&fbclid=IwAR3qUEUthJ11W-PO-SnKKTNbPvWe5ELPngvcbT05Xho8gm7i27cRugE8cQI&fs=e&s=cl&fs=e&s=cl

We look forward to welcoming new and returning supporters to Inver Park this Friday and throughout the course of the Danske Bank Premiership campaign!

We are delighted to announce the signing of Daniel Kearns.

The talented playmaker arrives at Inver Park, following the conclusion of his contract at Cliftonville. Prior to his stint at Solitude, Kearns began life at Dundalk before embarking on a career across the Irish Sea. He spent three years at Peterborough United, before a season at Carlisle.

After his first foray into the Irish League came in an impressive stint with Glenavon before he returned to the League of Ireland with Sligo Rovers and Limerick.

In the last four seasons he has been back north of the border and enjoyed spells with Linfield and Cliftonville.

Now an experienced midfielder, Tiernan Lynch is delighted to add him to his squad ahead of the European campaign kicking off in little over three weeks time.

“Daniel comes to the club with a lot of proven quality and enjoyed a very good time at Cliftonville most recently,” he said.

“The opportunity to come back to full-time football with ourselves was a big thing for him and we’re very pleased to have him here.

“I’d like to thank Cliftonville for their co-operation in making this a smooth process.”

The 30-year-old is now ready for a fresh chapter in his career at Inver Park.

He said: “It was a big decision for me to come here, but I’m delighted to be back in full-time football at this stage of my career.

“The manager has explained what he wanted from and hopefully I can come here to add to the quality at the club. There is a great buzz around the club with European football around the corner and everyone can’t wait to get going.”

Daniel becomes the club’s four summer signing, after the arrivals of Aaron Donnelly, Leroy Millar and Shea Gordon.

We are delighted to announce the signing of former Northern Ireland under-21 midfielder Shea Gordon.

The 24-year-old has put pen to paper at Inver Park, following his release from Partick Thistle at the end of last season.

After coming through the underage system at his hometown club Dungannon Swifts, Shea began life as a professional with Sheffield United in 2016.

A year later Gordon moved north of the border to join up with Stephen Craigan’s under-20’s at Motherwell, spending the next three years at the club.

During his time at Fir Park, Shea enjoyed a productive loan spell with Partick Thistle, before making the deal permanent in 2019.

The midfielder helped Thistle bounce back to the Championship at the first time of asking, as they won the League 1 title in the 2020/21 campaign.

He would go on to 62 appearances for the Firhill club, scoring 11 goals in the process, with the second half of last season seeing Shea go on loan to fellow Championship side Queen of the South.

The Derryloughan native has also represented Northern Ireland through the age groups, including eight appearances for the under-21’s and he can’t wait to get started.

“I’m delighted to have this move confirmed and I just can’t wait to get started,” he said.

“I’ve been talking to Tiernan for a few weeks now and was really impressed with the facilities Larne has both for training and matchdays – it’s top class.

“Being able to stay in a full-time environment was also a big pull for me and the bonus of European football is something I’m really looking forward to.”

 

The Invermen return to Belfast tonight as our post-split fixtures continue in the Danske Bank Premiership when we take on Glentoran at the Oval. Kick-off in east Belfast is 7.45pm. Here’s all you need to know ahead of the game.

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, with only a limited number of the latter available.

All three Supporters Clubs are running transport for this encounter. 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

It’s an Away Days special at 1889 today! Call in to see what’s on offer as they open their doors from 5pm, with pints for £3.50  and four bottles for £10, until 7pm.

Glentoran

After Friday’s 1-1 draw away to Linfield, the Glens are in third place in the Danske Bank Premiership table, six points off the summit in the title race. They come into the game seeking their first win over Larne this season, with Tiernan Lynch’s men tasting victory in three of the four games between the sides so far.

The Inver Reds

Larne come into the game aiming to build on their encouraging post-split league form, having taken four points out of a possible six so far against Coleraine and Cliftonville. in team news, Cian Bolger is once again eligible for selection, while Andy Scott remains ruled out.

The Invermen are back in Danske Bank Premiership action as they travel to Solitude to take on Cliftonville. Kick-off in North Belfast at 3pm. Take a look below at all you need to know ahead of the game.

Tickets and Travel

With just 80 tickets allocated to Larne, Supporters Clubs have cancelled transport planned for game. Tickets are now also off sale for the match.

1889 Sports and Social Club

It’s an Away Days special at 1889 today! With many regulars unable to travel to the game, the 1889 are planning a special day and will open their doors from 12 noon.

Cliftonville

Cliftonville go into the game in second place in the table, two points behind leaders Linfield. Today’s game, however, is their game in hand over the Windsor Park side. Paddy McLaughlin’s men have won two and drawn one of their three games against Larne so far this season.

The Inver Reds

This is Larne’s second post-split fixture, having won 3-0 at home to Coleraine last Friday evening. Tiernan Lynch will be hoping to maintain that form as the season moves towards the European play-offs in just under a month’s time. Larne are currently 5th in the Premiership standings, eight points behind Crusaders.

Samuel Gelston’s Whiskey Irish Cup action returns to Inver Park on Friday evening, as Larne take on Linfield. The Second Round clash is a repeat of last year’s final, with the game kicking off at 7.45pm.

Tickets 

Tickets are now on General Sale for this one, price at £12 for adults, £8 for concessions.  As this is a Cup tie, supporters are reminded Season Tickets are not valid for this game.

You can purchase yours here: https://www.larnefc.com/tickets/

Turnstiles open from 6.30pm.

1889 Sports and Social Club 

The 1889 will be open from 2pm on Friday, and we also have a new bar in operation in the Church End open from 6.30pm for those who have tickets for stand. Check out the 1889 facebook page for their latest offers HERE.

Club Shop

The Club Shop at Inver Park will be open from 6.45pm, with a great range of replica shirts, our brand new range of Nike merchandise and a variety of other Larne-branded goods. We have also fresh stock of our replica Nike 2021/22 home shirts.

Match Programme

This week’s edition includes interviews with Ben Doherty, Sandara Kelso-Robb from the Club’s Brighter Futures charity and notes from Tiernan Lynch & Gareth Clements, as well as much more. Priced at just £3, you can purchase yours at the kiosk outside the 1889 using cash or card.

Shirt Swap

For just £1, you could be in with the chance of winning Lee Bonis’ shirt. All proceeds will go to our official charity Brighter Futures to be re-invested back into the local community and create a Brighter Future for all.

The Opposition  

David Healy’s Linfield are in second place in the Danske Bank Premiership – with the two sides due to meet in the league at Windsor Park on Tuesday evening. As for the Irish Cup, Linfield won their first round tie 4-0 at home to Oxford Sunnyside. They are also the current holders of the competition, having defeated the Invermen 2-1 in last year’s decider.

The Inver Reds 

Larne come into this Cup tie off the back of two strong league victories, winning 3-0 away to Warrenpoint Town and 4-0 at home to Portadown. Former Ports striker Lee Bonis is also in a rich vein of form, having score three goals in those two encounters. Friday’s game will be the fourth meeting between the sides in all competitions this season. The head-to-head record is finely poised, with one win apiece and a draw in the three meetings so far. A place in next month’s quarter-finals is the prize for the winner.

Two Academy players have put to pen paper on professional contracts at Inver Park ahead of a loan move, while Thomas Oluwa has left the club.

Dylan Sloan and Max Greer have both signed contracts at Inver Park after impressing in the Scholarship programme, having joined in the summer of 2020.

Both players have also secured a loan move to Lough 41 Championship side Knockbreda for the remainder of the season.

Full-back Max (pictured) was recently in action for the senior side, as Larne defeated Bangor 5-0 in the first round of the Irish Cup earlier in the month.

Dylan, a central midfielder, meanwhile made his senior debut at the end of last season in a 2-0 defeat at home to Coleraine.

Tiernan Lynch believes the short-term loan will only serve to benefit their development.

“Both Max and Dylan have been doing really well within the Scholarship programme, having the opportunity to develop and work on their game every day,” he said.

“They have also had opportunities to train and work with the senior squad at times and this move will allow them to be exposed to senior football for the rest of the season.

“That gives Knockbreda two very promising players to work with and is another big step in the players’ development.

“Signing professional contracts at the club shows that we continue to invest in young talent and that we are putting a clear pathway in place. We wish lads the very best for the remainder of the season.”

Thomas Oluwa is also moving on after it was mutually agreed to cancel his contract. He made one start and eight substitute appearances after arriving from Galway United.

Larne boss Lynch added: “We wish Thomas all the very best in his career and thank him for his efforts while at the club.

“This is the best move for him and will allow him to find a club, with the League Of Ireland currently in their pre-season preparations.

“At his age Thomas needs to be playing football regularly and hopefully he will get that opportunity now.”

WE are delighted to announce the appointment of Ryan McNickle as the club’s new Community Engagement Officer.

Funded by the Halifax Foundation’s Community Grants Scheme, the role will see the club further build on our close-knit relationship with supporters and local people through programmes such as After Schools, Mini Soccer, school visits and much more.

The appointment comes as the club are set to launch various campaigns under the umbrella of ‘Inver Reds in the Community’, in a commitment to further increase activity in the community which had previously been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commenting on the appointment, General Manager Niall Curneen said: “We are absolutely delighted to have Ryan join our growing team as the club’s Community Engagement Officer. It is a role that we believe to be vital as we seek to both increase our activity and further build relationships within the local community, which has been difficult over the past two years in the midst of the pandemic.

“Ryan returns to Inver Park having completed a placement year with us in 2020/21 as part of his studies and is already offering many unique ideas which we will be seeking to turn into action in the coming weeks and months.”

Looking forward to what lies ahead, Ryan said: “This very exciting new role and avenue for the club and for myself. Through this role and my appointment, we will hopefully achieve a positive influence on both the physical and mental wellbeing within the community of Larne, through new and exciting programmes.”

For more information on community engagement programmes being run by Larne Football Club, please contact ryanmcnickle@larnefc.com.

Tickets for our home tie against Linfield in the Samuel Gelston Irish Cup on Friday 4th February have now gone on early access sale, with Season Ticket holders receiving a purchase link via email.

The game at Inver Park, which is eagerly anticipated by supporters of both the Inver Reds and David Healy’s side, has been dubbed ‘the tie of the round’ by many media outlets and is sure to be an enthralling clash at Inver Park with demand for tickets guaranteed to be extremely high.

SEASON TICKET HOLDERS

While Season Ticket passes are not valid for this game, supporters who have purchased a Season Ticket and normally avail of the benefit of early access can do so for this game. An email has been sent out to all Season Ticket holders with a purchase link, which is now active and can be used. Tickets are priced at £12 for adults and £8 for concessions.

GENERAL SALE

Non-Season Ticket holders are advised that there will be no online sales for this game after the conclusion of the early access window. Instead, tickets can be purchased from Monday 24th January at both The Cliff and 1889 Sports & Social Club. Please see the below opening hours:

THE CLIFF

Tickets will be available during normal business hours, which are 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. These will be available until the game sells out.

1889 SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB

Tickets will be available here from 6pm to 8pm, Monday to Sunday. These will again be available until the event of a sell out.

BRING ONE MORE

As the television cameras arrive at Inver Park once again, over 2,500 supporters are expected to attend what is certain to be a hard-fought clash, between two of the best sides in the country. We are once again encouraging supporters to bring at least one extra person to this game, to show what a match under the lights at Inver is all about. With your help, we managed to sell out Inver Park the last time around and we hope to do the same once again!

Larne Ladies are delighted to announce the signing of Leola McErlane from Belfast Celtic Ladies.

Leola arrives at the club with experience under her belt in the Championship, having been top goal scorer for two consecutive seasons at Belfast Celtic.

After putting pen to paper, Leola said: “I decided to make the move to Larne Ladies for a new challenge. Everyone has been super welcoming and I am excited for the season to begin.”

Larne Ladies manager William Noble made sure to do his homework on the latest arrival at Inver Park, as he targets another promotion for the club.

‘I’m delighted to add a player of Leola’s quality and experience to our squad,” he said.

“We know the quality in the Championship and if we want to compete for another promotion then it’s vital that we add more experience to our squad.

“Having spoken to both her previous managers, Ryan Caddell from Belfast Celtic and Tommy Elliot from PSNI, both playing in the Championship Leola comes highly recommended with a great attitude and brilliant scoring record.

“Leola will add further quality and experience to our attacking game and we are excited to see her make an impact on the team in the coming season.”

Larne Ladies are delighted to announce former players Paula and Helen McKenna have been added to the Olympic coaching staff ahead of the upcoming season.

Both women come into the role as respected players at the club and will now be working hard to help nurture the future talent coming through at Inver Park.

Olympic manager Gary Hood said: “Our Olympic coaching team is growing with Paula joining as a coach for the season ahead.

“Having been the captain of the Olympic since it started in 2019, and being a great influence on everyone on the pitch in last three seasons, I think she will be as good a coach on the side-lines.

“Paula has been coaching in our youth set up over the last few years and helping myself and William out massively in the background to help run both teams.

“I’d also like to welcome Helen McKenna into the group as she joins the coaching set-up within the Olympic.

“A good few players will have played with Helen before and know what a great player she is and the wealth of knowledge she has in the game.

“Having played at international level her experience will be great to pass on and I’m sure her coaching career will be just as exciting.”

Helen herself is looking forward to getting started with her coaching career at the club. She said: “I’m really excited to get back involved with Larne Ladies! I’m also very excited to cut my teeth in the coaching world with a young and talented group of girls.

“I hope I can bring my experience from my playing career to the younger girls and see what the season brings.”

Paula, who is also ready to make the transition into the world of coaching, added: “I’m very excited to be starting a new role at Larne ladies within the coaching team.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead. Having played for the team myself for a number of years I’m happy to get the opportunity to develop myself further within the club and really looking forward to seeing what the season brings.”

 

 

A goal after just three minutes gave Dungannon Swifts a 1-0 win at Inver Park as Larne slipped to fifth in the table.

Ryan Mayse pounced on a mistake early on, a blow which Larne failed to recover from in their pursuit of closing the gap on the top three.

More to follow…

Larne: Ferguson, Balmer, Kelly, Watson (45’ Herron), Nasseri (’45 Jarvis), Randall, Hale, Doherty (’79 McDaid), Scott, Bolger, Bonis

Unused subs: Devlin, Sule, Lynch, Mitchell

Dungannon Swifts: Dunne, Glynn, Knowles, Mayse (’62 Coyle), Smyth, Campbell, McKendry (’74 Glenny), McGinty, McBrien (’84 McCready), Devlin, McGee

Unused subs: Nelson, Gallagher, Francis, Convie

Referee: Christopher Morrison

Danske Bank Premiership football returns to Inver Park on Saturday for the first time in a month, as we take on Dungannon Swifts at 3pm.

Tickets 

Tickets are on General Sale, price at £12 for adults, £8 for concessions and £1 for Primary School-aged children accompanied by an adult.

You can purchase yours here: https://www.larnefc.com/tickets/

1889 Sports and Social Club 

Enjoy special Matchday offers at 1889 from 12noon on Saturday, with live football shown on all the screens.

Club Shop

The Club Shop at Inver Park will be open from 2pm, with a great range of stock of replica shirts, our brand new range of Nike merchandise and a variety of other branded goods.

Match Programme

Our hugely popular Match Programme will be available to purchase within the kiosk in front of the 1889 club. This week’s programme is a County Antrim Shield winners’ special, packed with photos and interviews from Larne’s glory night against Linfield. A real collector’s item priced at just £3

Shirt Swap

The shirt Swap is back! For just £1, you could be in with the chance of winning Tomas Cosgrove’s shirt – Tuesday’s goalscoring hero! All proceeds will go to our Official Charity Brighter Futures to be re-invested back into the local community and create a Brighter Future for all.

The Opposition  

Dungannon Swifts come into the game buoyed by their midweek 2-1 win away to Warrenpoint Town. Dean Shiels has been busy strengthening his defence in the January transfer window, with the arrival of goalkeeper Declan Dunne and defender Garry Breen, both from Cliftonville. The Swifts are currently in 10th place in the table.

The Inver Reds 

Larne have won their last four outings in a row, in league, Cup and Shield action. This is the first outing since Tuesday’s County Antrim Shield final, with Larne defeating Linfield 1-0 at Seaview.

In the league standings, the Invermen remain in fourth place, five points behind Glentoran. Striker Lee Bonis is in contention for his home debut, having come off the bench in Tuesday’s Shield final.

We are pleased to announce goalkeeper Conor Devlin has been taken off the transfer list.

Conor, who has completed his rehabilitation from a ruptured achilles sustained in the Irish Cup quarter-final tie with Carrick Rangers in April – is back in contention for a place in Tiernan Lynch’s senior squad.

Conor arrived at the club in summer of 2017, quickly establishing himself as the number 1 goalkeeper. He was instrumental in the 2018/19 Championship-winning side, as well as last season’s County Antrim Shield penalty shoot-out win over Glentoran.

Tiernan said: “Conor has shown an exemplary attitude during his injury, rehab and work to get back into contention for the squad again.

“Following discussions with Conor we have agreed with the best thing is for him to come off the transfer list and become available for us again.

“We are very fortunate that we have three very good goalkeepers at this club, along with Rohan Ferguson and Mike Argyrides and they have all been training and working well together.”

Tomas Cosgrove popped up with the only goal of the game as Larne defeated Linfield to retain the ToalsBet.Com Senior Senior at Seaview.

Cosgrove got on the end of Ronan Hale’s cross 13 minutes from time to seal the victory in front of a capacity crowd in what proved to be a tight encounter.

More to follow…

Photo: Sam Johnston

Larne take on Linfield in the ToalsBet.Com Senior Shield final at Seaview on Tuesday, at 7.45pm. Tiernan Lynch’s men are the holders of the trophy and they will take on the reigning League Champions in a bid to keep it that way. Below is all you need to know about the game

Tickets & Travel

Tickets are required for this game, and there are small number of tickets which have been available for the Larne end. Larne fans have been allocated both the North (Main) Stand and Harry Corry Stand, at the Railway end of the ground for the decider. There are also a small number of terrace tickets available for the area between both stands.

Those entering the North Main Stand make their way in from the Shore Road end, while those with tickets in the Harry Corry Stand, enter via St Vincent Street.

Tickets are priced at £12 for adults and £8 for concessions. A small number have become available and you can purchase them here: https://embed.futureticketing.ie/c/crusaders-fc/event/e4856d9a-a230-49e4-b5a2-29ed311e01fc?fbclid=IwAR0yabb7795puDY-JuGgLVuIFK7dFT1dmithOSvwXX0gpsbfMlYd_WAopXk

The game is NOT being streamed online or TV.

Please see Supporters Clubs’ social media for up-to-date travel information.

1889 Sports and Social Club 

There will be special Matchday offers and promotions at 1889 from 5pm for those setting off from Inver Park.

The Opposition  

Linfield comes into the game as Danske Bank Premiership leaders. David Healy’s men have also defeated Ards, Dundela and Cliftonville to reach this season’s decider. The Windsor Park outfit have won the Shield on 43 occasions, but have to go back to the 2016/17 season for their most recent success in the competition.

The Inver Reds 

Larne come into the game with three consecutive wins under their belt, in league and cup action. Tiernan Lynch’s side are also the holders of the competition after defeating Glentoran on penalties in last season’s showpiece after a 0-0 draw played at Seaview. Tiernan Lynch’s men defeated Glentoran, Ballymena United and Ballyclare Comrades to make tonight’s game. New signing Lee Bonis is eligible to play after signing at the weekend.

We are delighted to announce the signing of striker Lee Bonis on a long-term contract at Inver Park.

The much sought after 22-year-old has put pen to paper at the club, completing his transfer from Portadown for an undisclosed fee.

Bonis made 87 appearances in total for Portadown, scoring 38 times during his two and half years under Mathew Tipton, leading to him being handed the captain’s armband  at Shamrock Park.

He helped the club to promotion in his first season at the club, scoring on his debut in a 5-0 win over Knockbreda in August 2019.

Larne boss Tiernan Lynch was delighted to add to his attacking options with Lee’s arrival.

He said: “The big thing with Lee is we see real longevity in his potential.

“He’s a young lad who, at 22 years of age, has already got good experience under his belt and he will be coming into a full-time environment which we feel can only benefit him further.

“He will be working on his football everyday and there is all the stuff off the pitch, like his diet, nutrition and conditioning which can help progress.

“Lee brings us something totally different to what we already have at the club. We are extremely blessed to have the likes of Ronan Hale and Davy McDaid already here.

“So this isn’t about replacing the quality we already have, it’s about giving us a different dimension and with Lee’s physical presence and all around game that is what we are getting.

“It’s all about Lee coming in, settling into the group and adding to what we have at Inver Park and I’m delighted to have him on board.”

As part of the move, 18-year-old striker Matty Lusty – who is contracted until the end of the 2022/23 season – will spend the remainder of this campaign on loan at Shamrock Park.

Lynch feels this is something which will benefit all parties involved.

“Matty has been superb for us over the last year and a half and he’s at stage of his development where he needs more taste of senior football.

“He knows exactly how highly we think of this and hopefully this short loan spell will be a big benefit for him and Portadown as well.

“We’re already looking forward to having him back and involved with us from this summer.”

Lee Bonis will wear the number 22 shirt at Inver Park and we will have the first, exclusive interview with our new addition on the club’s social media later this evening.

Ronan Hale scored four goals as Larne ran out 5-0 winners away to Bangor in the first round of the Samuel Gelston’s Irish Cup.

Andy Scott was also on target to set up a second round clash at home to Linfield in the second round, at the beginning of February.

Larne boss Lynch made six changes to his starting XI for the trip to Clandeboue Park, including a first start of the season for teenage right back Max Greer.

However, it was a veteran who helped to set Larne on their way after just four minutes.

Defender Albert Watson played an inch-perfect pass up the right flank for Andy Scott to race on to and the little winger produced a tidy dink over Matthew Anderson from a tight angle inside the box.

The Invermen doubled their lead from the penalty spot with 18 minutes gone. Dean Jarvis went down under a challenge from Ryan Arthur and referee Declan Hassan pointed to the spot.

Ronan Hale stepped up to slot into the bottom corner, sending Anderson the wrong way.

Hale grabbed his second of the day to make it 3-0 on 31 minutes. Andy Scott was again in involved with an excellent lofted pass to put Hale behind the Bangor rearguard. The striker coolly brought the ball down with one touch and lobbed home with the next.

Hale completed his hat-trick 12 minutes into the second half after more good work from Andy Scott.

Scott won a corner on the left flank before playing a one-two and cross for Hale at the back post to nod home.

A number of subs from both sides followed but it was the man at the centre of attention all afternoon who rounded off the scoring.

Another long ball caught Bangor out as Hale kept himself onside to lob Anderson from the angle of the penalty area and claim his fourth of the day, with four minutes left.

Larne will take on Linfield in Round 2 on Friday 4th February at 7.45pm, after the game was chosen as the BBC’s live streamed game of the round.

Bangor: Anderson, Beattie (’79 Hume), Neale, Doey, Arthur, Harrison (’66 Devine), Storey (’66 Halliday), Cooling, Arthurs, Woods (’58 Upritchard), Glover (’79 Fletcher)

Unused subs: Gibbons, Wasson

Larne: Ferguson, Kelly, Watson, Sule (62 Herron), Nasseri (’46 Lynch), Randall (’62 McDaid), Hale, Scott, Bolger, Jarvis, Greer (’62 Doherty)

Unused subs: Argyrides, Mitchell, Cosgrove

Referee: Declan Hassan

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