Following the circulation of an image online yesterday evening (Sunday), Larne Football Club can confirm John Herron has been suspended with immediate effect.

For the period of his suspension, John will not represent the club in fixtures at any level. An investigation into this incident is now underway.

We have shown that we are an inclusive football club for all, demonstrated not only in words but also by our extensive work in the local community. There is no room for behaviour which falls outside of this ethos and we fully expect members, players and anyone associated with the club to reflect these standards at all times.

We will be making no further comment until the investigation has been completed.

By Kyle McClure

A 2-0 win against Lisburn side, Ballymacash Rangers was this week’s game that has made history for the Larne FC Women.

With the victory the Inver Women have secured second place, at least, in the Championship and for the first time in the club’s history, promotion to the top-flight.

Before we look to the future, a backstory on the club. The first Larne Ladies team that begun in 2006, was first made up of a modest number of players, a bag of footballs and some cones for a kick about, but as the club grew, and developed all the way until 2013 the team had made their way to the championship. With the club at large feeling as though they couldn’t give their backing to it, as they did previously.

There was feeling around the club, now was the time reintroduce the women’s game to Inver Park, with the men’s team feeling the effects of much needed investment. The team as we know it today was reformed and founded on 24th February 2018, under the management of William Noble, who had been involved with the club in prior years.

Starting from the bottom of the NI Women’s Football Association, the team proved from the get-go that they were not messing around with their foray into women’s football. With consecutive promotions for three seasons the team was hitting form on and off the pitch, with the wider club being redeveloped, the club’s games moved from The Cliff training facilities to Inver Park.

With COVID-19, like many leagues across the world, promotion was put on hold for the NIWFA Championship. So, despite their success, they were not to be rewarded with top-flight football. That has changed this week.

With the summer heat well a truly giving the players a workout alone, the team had to work hard for what they got in the first half, with Holly Robinson and Hollie Johnston supplying the necessary goals to put them 2-0 up at the break. In another tough second half, Ballymacash Rangers buckled down the hatches and were not giving Larne a chance, an odd flurry from the opposition got the best of the Larne defenders, but it was not going to be Ballymacash’s night.

Speaking after the game manager, William Noble described the vision for the club “The goal is promotion every season, with the end goal being Premiership, and it’s fantastic to bring it here to Inver Park”.

The ultimate goal of Premiership football has been reached but, as the history of the club suggests, the progress is unlikely to finish here.

Larne kicked off the 2022/23 Danske Bank Premiership with a point after a 0-0 draw with Glentoran at Inver Park.

More to follow…

Larne: Ferguson, Watson, Sule, Randall (’65 Gordon), O’Neill (’73 Kearns), Bonis, Doherty, Donnelly, Millar, Cosgrove, HughesSubs: McIntyre, Kelly, Scott, Sloan, LustyGlentoran: McCarey, Kane, Wilson, Burns, Marshall, J Donnelly (’79 Roy), R Donnelly, Singleton, Murray (’79 O’Connor), Crowe (’68 Plum), McMenaminUnused subs: Webber, McCartan, Purkis,, Wightman

Referee: Tony Clarke

Photo: Pacemaker

 

Larne Football Club can confirm Kofi Balmer has today completed his transfer to Crystal Palace, for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old defender moves to the English Premier League Club, having spent the last year at Inver Park, helping the club to County Antrim Shield success and Europa Conference League qualification.

Having arrived from Ballymena United in July 2021, Kofi quickly became a mainstay of Tiernan Lynch’s defence as well continuing to represent Northern Ireland at under-21 level, wearing the captain’s armband on occasion for his country.

He was also called into a training camp for Ian Baraclough’s senior side at the end of last season, underlining his progress with the national side.

Kofi made his debut in the club’s first ever European appearance, a 1-0 win away to Bala Town last July, and went on play a significant part in helping the Invermen reach the Third Qualifying Round of the Europa Conference League.

In all, Kofi made 45 appearances for the club and scored seven goals in his time at Inver Park.

Boss Tiernan Lynch paid tribute to the outgoing defender, saying: “We’re obviously disappointed to lose a player of Kofi’s quality, but this is a move he has very much earned.

“He is a quality young player and someone who has demonstrated that throughout his time at the club. He has been an important part of our defence during his Larne career, and has also popped up with some important goals.

“Kofi came into work everyday with a determination to improve his game and has got his reward with this next step on his journey. He has a great attitude and that will serve him well for the rest of his career.

“Already having a couple of hundred games in senior football is important and will also serve him in good stead.

“It is also a reminder of how much full-time football can benefit a player and help them progress, preparing Kofi for a move to a Premier League club in England.

“We wish Kofi all the very best at Crystal Palace and will obviously be watching on as his career continues to progress.”

We are delighted to announce this season will see a new monthly magazine launched.

The printed magazine will be on sale at each home game at Inver Park, via the kiosk in the forecourt, as well as in the Club Shop. We are also pleased to announce it will also be on sale throughout the week on Larne Main Street.

Packed with features, interviews and coverage of the entire club, from the senior men’s team, to the Academy, women’s and girls areas of the club, it will be a must read for all Larne fans.

The magazine will be in place of our regular match programme and will be launched with the September edition, available to purchase at the game against Ballymena United at Inver Park on Friday 26th August.

Media director Ian Cahoon said: “Firstly as a club we want to pay tribute to Andrew Scullion, who has stepped down from his role as programme editor.

“Under his stewardship the programme had become a top quality publication, building on the tradition the club has had for many years. It takes hours of work to put together a programme for each home game and we are indebted to him for everything he did bringing it together.

“As we move to our new monthly magazine we hope this will give us more time and space to reflect on the season as it develops, as well as get behind the scenes and shine a light on all that goes on within a full-time club.

“Our media team has grown significantly over the last few years, which has been reflected by the amount of digital content we provide. Alongside that we want to keep a strong print tradition and our new magazine will give a number of the team an opportunity to put their talent to good use.

“It’s also really pleasing to have it available to buy throughout the week on the Main Street, as well as home matches and online. We believe it will represent great value for Larne fans throughout the season and look forward to seeing the first copy when it hits the shelves at the end of the month.”

 

 

We are delighted to announce that Matthew Crawford has been promoted to the role of first team coach, joining Tiernan Lynch’s backroom team ahead of the 2022/23 season.

Matthew, who currently works as an Analyst for the Wales Men’s Senior National Team, was Head Coach of our U16 Academy team. Matthew is a UEFA A Licence and UEFA Elite Youth License holder with previous experience at Swansea City, the Irish FA National Performance Programme and the Wales U14’s Squad.

The role of first team coach will see Matthew both on the pitch contributing to training and pre-match sessions throughout the week and on matchday, alongside the management of the club’s analysis team to produce analytics on opposition, team, and individual performance.

Speaking on the role, Matthew said: “I am pleased to be given the opportunity to contribute to preparing the team both on and off the pitch working with the players and other coaches.

“The role allows me the opportunity to develop and challenge myself further as a coach. With my experience in performance analysis at an elite level this is an area I can develop to benefit our players at the club moving forward.”

Manager Tiernan Lynch believes the newest edition to his backroom team is a smart piece of recruitment and could give the Invermen an advantage this season.

He said: “Matthew is someone who I have been keen to get involved with our team in a permanent role for some time now. He has a wealth of knowledge from his time at Swansea City, the Irish FA and most recently the Welsh national side which will only add to what we do and how we prepare for games.

“We pride ourselves in our preparation through the week, so to have someone like Matthew both on the pitch during sessions and then providing analysis each day will further enhance the professionalism at the club and is another marginal advantage which our players will be able to benefit from.

“The fact that Matthew will be heading to the FIFA World Cup with Wales in November speaks volumes about the level of professional we have obtained, it is a real coup which we will take full advantage of.”

Larne Football Club are delighted to announce that our Academy and first team players will support Lewis’ 100 Mile Challenge this Friday ahead of our opening Danske Bank Premiership game against Glentoran.

Six-year-old Lewis Rennie has captured the hearts of the local community as he attempts to walk 100 miles over the summer months to raise money for the ‘Big C Foundation’ in memory of his brother Callum who sadly passed away in May.

Having initially set out to raise £250 towards the worthy cause, Lewis has obliterated the total and has now raised close to £9,000 and completed over 90 of the 100 miles.

With many Larne-based sports teams getting involved in the walk, including our 2012 and 2013 girls teams last week, it is now the turn of our 2010 boys side who will be accompanied by some first team players on Friday night.

The walk will begin at Inver Park early on Friday evening, where Lewis will be welcomed by our entire first team squad. The group will then cover a few miles before returning to Inver, where his final steps of the day will be out on to the pitch to the roar of a jam-packed stadium at 7.30pm.

We can’t wait to welcome Lewis and his family to Inver Park on Friday night and would encourage all supporters to get into the stadium early to ensure he gets the hero’s welcome his incredible efforts deserve.

For more information on Lewis’ fundraising activities, please click below:

www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lewis-rennie?utm_term=8kJB5rbe4&fbclid=IwAR2E6jXWr2txBn1h_6VmzoIxJPiut0BRr27nEAx2hkGOTpCNtnI3XTdmhZc

We are delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Max Hutchison on a free transfer.

The 21-year-old Englishmen has officially signed for the Inver Reds, having impressed Tiernan Lynch’s management team during several weeks on trial with the club.

Despite being young in age, Hutchison is no stranger to the professional game having gained experience during stints with Motherwell and most recently Waterford in the League of Ireland, before spending the majority of this pre-season at Inver Park prior to the move becoming permanent.

Naturally a central midfielder, the Essex-native has also featured as part of the defensive line during his trial period, most notably impressing on the right side of defence during the second half of our friendly against Hamilton Accies in Scotland and in a behind closed doors training game against Larne Tech Old Boys.

Hutchison then returned to the middle of the park against Championship side Annagh United, with the three outings plus impressive performances in training proving enough to make Tiernan Lynch make the move permanent.

Discussing his arrival at Inver Park, Max Hutchison said:

“I’m delighted to be here, it’s a fantastic opportunity for me and I can’t wait to get going. We have a great bunch of lads who’ve made me feel welcome and it’s been really easy to settle in.

“The club compares very similarly to my time at Motherwell, in terms of the runs we’re asked to make and the style of play, which I think makes me suit what is expected at Larne.

“My aim is get minutes under my belt, as I say it’s a great opportunity and I’m just looking forward to the first game of the season.”

The Trustees of the Brighter Futures Community Fund Programme were delighted to support local racer Scott McCrory last month, providing a £500 donation towards competition costs.

The Larne-based motorcyclist took part in the Neil and Donny Robinson Memorial Race at Bishopscourt Race Circuit on the 16th and 17th July, sporting the Brighter Futures and Larne Football Club logos on his helmet as he competed in four races within the Supersport Pro Class.

Having never previously raced his Kawasaki motorcycle on the Bishopscourt circuit, the young rider improved in each race over the two days, gaining two P10’s and a personal best of P5.

Everyone at Brighter Futures wishes Scott the very best of luck with his future races and are proud to have been able to play a part in his exciting journey in racing.

Larne return to Inver Park for pre-season action on Saturday as they welcome Ards. The Championship arrive for a 3pm kick-off, with less than two weeks until the Danske Bank Premiership returns.

Take a look below for all you need to know ahead of the game

Tickets and entry

Entry for this game is £5 for adults and £3 for concessions, which is payable on arrival. Season Tickets are not valid for this game and there will be no segregation, with the Landmark Main Stand and terracing open for fans.

The 1889

The 1889 will be open from 12noon with Matchday specials on offer for all those coming to this afternoons game. Check out their facebook page HERE for all the latest information. There will also be live music pre and post-match for fans to enjoy.

Ards

Matthew Tipton’s side come to Inver Park ready to embark on a Championship campaign. The North Down side will hope to build a promotion push in the forthcoming season, with former Larne striker Daniel Reynolds in fine goalscoring form through their pre-season campaign. Tipton himself is no stranger to promotion from the 2nd tier, having guided Portadown back to the Premiership in 2020.

The Inver Reds

With Tiernan Lynch’s side having beaten Warrenpoint 1-0 on Thursday evening, Saturday’s game is likely to be an opportunity to give minutes to those who didn’t play the full 90 minutes at Milltown. Paul O’Neill, a recent signing from Cliftonville, came on as a sub at Warrenpoint and could be in line for his first taste of Inver Park action as a home player.

We are delighted to announce the signing of forward Paul O’Neill from Cliftonville for an undisclosed fee.

The former Northern Ireland under-21 international arrives at Inver Park to bolster Tiernan Lynch’s attacking options ahead of the Danske Bank Premiership campaign.

After making his breakthrough at Glentoran as a teenager, O’Neill became one of most promising young players in the top flight, winning the Young Footballer of the Year at the 2019/20 NI Football Awards.

As part of the deal which took Conor McMenamin to the Oval in January 2021, O’Neill then moved to Cliftonville, scoring on his debut away to Coleraine.

He helped to write his name into Cliftonville’s history books when he scored a brace in last season’s League Cup final to ensure the trophy came back to North Belfast.

The 22-year-old now arrives at Inver Park, with Tiernan Lynch delighted to get his man.

“It’s no secret that we were keen to add quality in the final third and we have done just that with Paul’s signature,” he said.

“Paul already has a lot of senior football under his belt for two top clubs for someone so young and we can’t wait to get working with him.”

“We said we would only add players if they were the right fit on the pitch and off it and Paul falls into both categories. He feels he can progress his career with us and we are confident we can help him push on as well.”

We’ll have the first interview with the new recruit on our social media channels on Thursday morning, ahead of the friendly away to Warrenpoint Town.

Paul O’Neill will wear the number 9 shirt during his time at Inver Park.

 

As the new Danske Bank Premiership season draws near and Season Ticket sales continue to increase week by week, supporters are asked to read the below update on their memberships.

THE FIRST GAME

Our 2022/23 campaign will begin at home to Glentoran at 7.45pm on Friday 12th August, which will be the first opportunity for Season Ticket holders to benefit from their free entry and bar discount within the stadium. We will be starting as we mean to go on at Inver Park this season, with live entertainment organised before and after the game as we strive to make 2022/23 the best matchday experience so far!

While Season Tickets will remain both up for renewal and on General Sale after our opening fixture, we encourage you to buy as early as possible in order to make the most of your package.

NEW CARD HOLDERS

We look forward to welcoming a number of brand-new Season Ticket holders to Inver Park this season and thank each one for their patience as we await the delivery of new membership cards from our supplier.

If you have purchased a new Season Ticket for the upcoming season, your card will be available for pick up the week commencing Monday 1st August, from 10am-4pm Monday to Friday at The Cliff.

HOW DO I BECOME A NEW MEMBER?

Supporters wishing to purchase a new 2022/23 Season Ticket can do so by following the below 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

The Smart Club landing page (above) will showcase our range of Season Ticket packages, prices and benefits. We look forward to welcoming you to Inver Park as a new member on Friday 12th August!

SEASON TICKET RENEWALS

If you have renewed your Season Ticket following last season, you will be able to use the same membership card to obtain bar discount at 1889 Sports & Social Club throughout the 2022/23 season. If you card has been damaged and you require a replacement, please contact sarahouston@larnefc.com.

For those yet to renew, we recommend doing so at the earliest possible opportunity to secure your free entry into each and every Danske Bank Premiership home game this season. To renew, please follow these steps:

  1. Visit smartclubcloud.comand log in. Your username will be your ‘firstname.surname.membership number’ (which  is on your card, eg. john.smith.441). The password will have been set by the user, if you have forgotten what it is, then click the ‘forgot my password’ button.
  2. Once logged in, go to the finance tab and you will see the latest invoice at the top. Highlight the ‘pay’ button beside it and click the card icon at the bottom of the page.
  3. Enter payment information and submit payment.

Anyone who is having difficulty logging on to their account or completing the purchase should contact tickets@larnefc.com for assistance.

Larne take to the road for their pre-season fixture on Thursday evening, as they face Lough 41 Championship side Annagh United, at the BMG Arena in Portadown. Take a look below to find out what you need to know ahead of the game, which kicks off at the earlier time of 7pm.

Tickets and Travel

Supporters can pay at the turnstiles for this game, priced at £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.

With the game being arranged at short notice, none of the three Supporters Clubs will be running transport to this game.

Annagh United

Brian McGurgan’s men enjoyed a fantastic season last time out, on their return to the Championship. They finished second to eventual winners Newry City, earning a promotion play-off against Portadown before narrowly losing out 4-2 over the two legs.

Gearing up for another season in the second tier United will no doubt be aiming for promotion once more and will prove stiff opposition for tonight’s game.

The Inver Reds

This will be Larne’s first outing since their Europa Conference League exit at the hands of St Joseph’s last week.

Attention now turns to preparation for the new domestic season which kicks off at home to Glentoran next month. Tonight’s game will provide an opportunity to build fitness ahead of the campaign, as well as continuing the process of introducing youngsters such as Max Greer, Dylan Sloan, Matty Lusty to the senior set-up.

We are pleased to announce two further pre-season friendlies have been added to Larne’a schedule, both at Inver Park.

On Saturday 30th July we will take on Lough 41 Championship side Ards, now managed by Matthew Tipton. The game at Inver will kick-off at 5.30pm.

A week later, on Saturday 6th August, Premier Intermediate League side Bangor will be the visitors for a game which will kick-off at 3pm. Both sides of course met in last season’s Irish Cup and young Larne defender Ryley D’Sena will spend the season on loan at the Seasiders.

Both games will help Tiernan Lynch’s men in their preparation for the Danske Bank Premiership opener, at home to Glentoran. This game is currently scheduled for Saturday 13th August.

Should any further pre-season games be added, we will announce them through the club’s official channels.

It proved to be a disappointing night at Inver Park as Larne made their exit from the Europa Conference League following a 1-0 defeat to St Joseph’s.

Substitute Julian Valarino scored 12 minutes from time – 60 seconds after Larne had been reduced to 10 men with Mark Randall’s second yellow card – to bag the only goal of the tie and set-up a tie with Slavia Prague.

More to follow…

Larne: Ferguson, Balmer, Kearns, Randall, Bonis, Doherty (’86 Scott), Gordon (’86 Sule), Bolger, Millar, Cosgrove, Hughes

Unused subs: McIntyre, Kelly, Donnelly, Sloan, Lusty, Aretzis, Greer

St Joseph’s: Fitzsimons, Bautista (’74 Pecci), Yussuf (’62 Boro), Olmos (‘90+2 Serra), Mouelhi, K Robba (’62 Valarino), Peters, Villar, Pons, Juanma, Ferrer (’74 Aznar)

Unused subs: J Robba, Rojas Piner, Rosa, Cabellero,

Referee: Michael Ocenas (Slovakia)

Ahead of tonight’s blockbuster UEFA Europa Conference League second leg against St. Joseph’s at Inver Park, supporters are asked to read the below information on ticketing, streaming and entry for the 7.45pm kick-off.

TICKETING

Match tickets have continued to sell well this week, and we look forward to welcoming a large home support to Inver Park, who will no doubt get behind Tiernan Lynch’s side from the first minute. For those yet to purchase their ticket, you can still do so online at larnefc.com/tickets.

A very limited number of hard copy tickets will be available to purchase using cash/card from 6.45pm in the Club Shop at Inver Park, however we recommend that supporters buy online where possible to assist in the smooth running of our matchday operation.

STREAMING

For those unable to attend Inver Park and give their vocal backing to the team, a match stream will be made available costing £7. The stream can be purchased at 247.tv/niprem, with James Cooper and Joel Neill on commentary from 7.45pm.

STADIUM ENTRY

Inver Park can be accessed via both the Church Road and the Inver Road entrances this evening. The Church Road entrance can be used to gain access into the Club Sport NI Church End Stand and the P&O Ferries McKay Stand, while the Inver Road entrance can be used to gain access into the McKay Stand also, and the Landmark Underwriting Main Stand.

1889 Sports & Social Club will be open from 5pm pre-game alongside our outdoor fanzone, both of which can be accessed via the Inver Road entrance only in the lead up to kick-off.

 

Supporters are advised that due to UEFA competition regulations, our car parking facilities within Inver Park will not be accessible for tomorrow night’s Europa Conference League second leg against St. Joseph’s.

With this in mind, anyone who normally avails of our disability parking within the stadium is advised that a shuttle bus will be made available ahead of kick-off, with the below information on how to secure your seat:

Car parking will be available as normal at First Larne Church, where the shuttle bus will depart at 6.15pm on the night of the game. The bus will make the very short trip to Inver Park, allowing supporters to get into the stadium early, before making the return trip post-game for supporters to access their cars at the Church.

To confirm your seat on our shuttle bus, please email sarahouston@larnefc.com at the earliest possible opportunity. Due to staff holidays, emails will be responded to tomorrow (Thursday) morning with confirmation.

We are very pleased to announce Andy Mitchell has been appointed as a full-time member of the club’s Scholarship programme within the Academy programme at Inver Park.

The role will see him work under Head Scholarship Coach Keith O’Hara, who arrived at the club last summer. As a result of the new full-time role for Andy, he will spend next season on loan as a player at neighbours Carrick Rangers.

The former Rangers, Linfield and Crusaders can’t wait to get stuck into his new role at club, which he will begin next week with two year groups of Scholars enrolled for the year ahead.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to taking this next step in my coaching career with the club.

“At 30 I still want to play and feel I have a lot to contribute in that sense, so that’s why I’m going on loan next season.

“There is a thriving full-time Academy at the club and on a personal level, this is a really good opportunity for myself and I can’t wait to get started on the next step on my coaching pathway.”

Having arrived at the club in January 2020, Mitchell is well-placed to know the demands of being a player at the club and what boss Tiernan Lynch is looking for in the next generation coming through.

“Having worked under the Gaffer for the last two years I know what he’s all about and what’s required at the club,” he said.

“I’ve been fortunate to be at some big clubs in my career and it sounds silly, but you don’t necessarily get coached at big clubs because they tend to have the best players, it’s more about man management.

“At Larne it’s a different kettle of fish and there is a lot of emphasis on how we want to play, right throughout the club.

“I’ve done my B and A Licences over the last fortnight and that has been really intense fortnight, but it also gives me a greater appreciation of the work coaches put in, and have done throughout my career.

“I’ve had a lot of highs and lows in my career and hopefully I’m well placed to get alongside young players and help them on their own journey and prepare them for what’s ahead.”

First team boss Tiernan Lynch is also delighted with the appointment.

“We’re sorry to lose Andy as a player, but we’re delighted to welcome him as a full-time coach in this capacity,” he said.

“Andy is top, top professional and we’ve seen that right throughout his time at the club. He is well-placed to be helping young players on the pathway we’re trying to create, alongside Keith O’Hara.

“He already has a wealth of coaching experience and has been enjoying a great career as a player also, which makes for a great combination in this role.”

It will be all to play for against St Joseph’s at Inver Park next week after a 0-0 draw in Gibraltar on Tuesday evening.

In the hot conditions at Victoria Stadium, Larne worked hard for the draw but also had opportunities throughout the 90 minutes.

Playing into the wind in the first half, Larne threatened after 24 minutes when Mark Randall swung in a corner from the right flank and it was met by the head of Jeff Hughes 10 yards out.

However, English goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons reacted quickly to turn it over for another corner.

The Invermen went close to breaking the deadlock 12 minutes later, once again through a headed effort.

This time Kofi Balmer’s throw-in on the right caused problems for the home side and Leroy Millar, despite finding himself in space, could only steer his header over the bar, as he ran on to the ball at pace.

Captain Boro was proving to be the Saints dangerman, with the experienced Spanish midfielder pulling the strings in the opening period.

However, it was a fellow Spainard who had the home side’s best chance of the opening 45. Domingo Ferrer unleashed a fierce, rising effort from close to 25 yards out which Rohan Ferguson had to bat away.

The best opportunities of the second period came right at the beginning and then the end of the half.

Leroy Millar once again threatened with a header on 47 minutes, with Fitzsimmons again having to be alert to tip it over the bar.

There was a late scare for Larne, when substitute Christian Aznar found space three minutes from time, but a combination of Kofi Balmer and Rohan Ferguson denied him to ensure the first leg ended scoreless.

St Joseph’s: Fitzsimons, Valarino (57 mins, K Robba), Bautista (85 mins, Pecci), Caballero (57 mins, Yussuf), Boro (77 mins, Antwi), Olmos, Peters, Villar, Pons, Juanma, Ferrer (57 mins, Aznar)

Unused Subs: J Robba, Serra, Rosa, Barnett, Mouelhi,

Larne: Ferguson, Cosgrove, Balmer, Bolger, Hughes, Kelly (67 mins, Doherty), Millar, Randall, Gordon, Kearns (67 mins, Lusty), Bonis

Unused subs: McIntyre, Greer, Aretzis, Donnelly, Sule, Herron, Sloan, Scott

Referee: Ioannis Papadopoulos (Greece)

We are delighted to confirm our squad numbers for the 2022/23 season ahead of tonight’s UEFA Europa Conference League tie against St. Joseph’s.

New signing Daniel Kearns will wear the number 7 shirt for the upcoming campaign, with other new arrival Leroy Millar taking the number 21 shirt. Shea Gordon will take over the number 16 shirt, whilst Aaron Donnelly will be number 15 for the season ahead.

In the goalkeeping department, Rohan Ferguson will take over the number 1 shirt, with new arrival Jack McIntyre wearing the number 61 shirt.

After wearing number 22 since joining in the January window, Lee Bonis will take over the number 10 shirt for the season ahead.

Academy graduate Nick Aretzis takes the number 31 shirt, with other graduates Max Greer and Dylan Sloan taking the number 32 and 25 shirts, respectively.

All of the other squad numbers remain unchanged from last season.

Read the full list:

1 – Rohan Ferguson

2 – Kofi Balmer

3 – Graham Kelly

4 – Albert Watson

5 – Fuad Sule

6 – John Herron

7 – Daniel Kearns

8 – Mark Randall

10 – Lee Bonis

11 – Ben Doherty

14 – Andrew Scott

15 – Aaron Donnelly

16 – Shea Gordon

17 – Andrew Mitchell

18 – Cian Bolger

21 – Leroy Millar

23 – Tomas Cosgrove

24 – Jeff Hughes

25 – Dylan Sloan

30 – Matthew Lusty

31 – Nicholas Aretzis

32 – Max Greer

61 – Jack McIntyre

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