County Antrim Shield exit at the Oval

Oct 16, 2019 | Archive

Larne made their Toals Coutny Antrim Shield exit at the quarter-final stage, with a 3-2 defeat after extra-time, away to Glentoran.

The Invermen made a bright start and hit the post through Conor McKendry, with a quarter of the game gone.

At the other end, Conor Mitchell helped to keep the game level, as he saved well from the feet of Jonny Frazer, who was put through on goal.

The opening goal arrived 10 minutes before half-time, with a fine individual effort from Davy McDaid. Tenacious work in the middle of the park saw him win the ball before advancing on goal and lofting an inch perfect effort over Elliott Morris, and into the top corner, from all of 25 yards.

The home side started the second half in much brighter fashion however, and were level on 51 minutes. Glens midfielder Navid Nasseri found time and space inside the box to slot low past Conor Mitchell.

Larne went close through Mark Randall’s indirect free-kick inside the box and McKendry firing low across the face of goal. However, at the other end John Herron and Darren Murray also had chances.

The game swung in favour of Glentoran with 15 minutes left, as the home side doubled up for a short corner and Elvio Van Overbeek cut in to slot the ball past Mitchell from the edge of the box.

Larne made an instant reply however and broke forward in numbers, with Randall squaring the ball inside the box to substitute Marty Donnelly, and he hammered into the corner of the net.

In extra-time it was Glentoran who conjured the winner, with Van Overbeek’s cross from the right travelling to the back post for Murray to turn and slot home on 96 minutes.

Larne are back in action against Glentoran, this time at Inver Park, on Friday evening (7.45pm) in front of the live BBC NI cameras.

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