We make the journey to the Limavady Showgrounds tomorrow buoyed by last week’s impressive victory at Dixon Park.
As ever, we know we face a stern examination from Sean Friars’ team, who have had some impressive results of their own this season.
The derby victory away to Ballyclare Comrades last week featured a fantastic hat-trick from Marty Donnelly, and we also saw Thomas Stewart, David McDaid and Darren Stuart all come off the bench to make a big contribution. This is exactly what we need, players making big contributions whether they start or come on during the match, if we are to be successful this season.
There was a tremendous atmosphere created in the away end last week and more of the same at the Limavady Showgrounds would be a huge boost to Tiernan and the boys.
There is just one note of caution we need to sound though – please leave the flares at home. We don’t need the fine that will come our way, or have points deducted, if this continues. I know no harm is intended, but it is a health and safety issue when lit at matches and would pose a serious risk for our pitch. We all have a responsibility on this journey we’re on and I would ask fans to heed this and leave the flares at home once and for all.
It has been another busy period at Inver Park this week. Many will have seen the floodlights on for the first time, after being commissioned at the start of the week. Larne Youth coaches were at Inver on Wednesday night for the Coerver coaching workshop, with senior Larne players taking coaching at Larne Youth in their place. I know for a fact the boys loved this.
On Monday of next week, we have a Health & Safety inspection at Inver Park, after which we hope to be in a position to announce another allocation of tickets for the Rangers XI fixture. If this is the case, shop opening times for tickets and merchandise will be announced on Monday afternoon.
Finally, let me add my own condolences to Clare Drummond, an integral part of our Working Committee, on the passing of her sister Fay. Clare and her family circle are in our thoughts at this time.