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Supporters are key to hopes of European progress – McDaid

SUPPORTERS creating a big match atmosphere on Thursday evening can make all the difference in the world to our chances of European progress – Davy McDaid has told the club’s official matchday programme.

McDaid, who scored the club’s first ever goal in European football in last week’s 1-0 win away to Bala Town, has called on fans to repeat the atmosphere of last month’s play-off victories at Inver Park as the players look to make some more history with progress to the second round.

Speaking in Thursday’s programme, McDaid has underlined just how much of a difference supporters can make to the club’s hopes of progress against Bala, with the game kicking off at 7.30pm.

“One of the biggest things for us is having fans here and behind us,” he said.

“The difference they make to us is incredible to be honest. I really don’t think people understand how different it is to play with them here.

“You saw the difference in our play when we had fans compared to when we played without them last season.

“Knowing they’ll be behind us and here in bigger numbers is very significant for us.

“We even saw the difference at the away leg when some of them got tickets and a lot more stood just outside.

“They roared and shouted and sung and it was a big thing for us. All of the players talked about how much that meant for us.

“It was amazing to see, and even the number of young families who went to all that effort to come over with no guarantee of seeing the game. Hopefully we can repay them by getting through to the next round, that is our aim.”

You can read the full interview in Thursday’s programme. A special 48-page souvenir edition has been printed, costing £4.

As well as the interview with Davy McDaid, it will also contain all the usual features including the views of Tiernan Lynch and Gareth Clements, as well as Club Captain Jeff Hughes. There will also be a complete set of stats from last season, Mark Strange speaks to Andy Mitchell about his Life Before Larne and Brian Craig looks at Larne’s previous European Qualification near misses in Inver Rewind, as well as much more.

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