Larne’s Unbeaten League Run Comes to an End

Dec 17, 2018 | Archive

LARNE’S long unbeaten league run came to an end in the incessant rain at Ferney Park.

Tiernan Lynch’s men made the long trip to Fermanagh after 18 games without defeat, however a goal in each half from the hosts ended that sequence and gave the Mallards a deserved victory.

The deadlock was broken on 16 minutes when the Larne rearguard failed to deal with Richard Clarke’s through ball. Ryan Campbell broke the offside trap to loft the ball past Conor Devlin.

While Larne had dangerous moments on the break, they failed to trouble former Inver Red John Connelly in the home goal.

It was the home side who could have doubled their lead just before the break when goalscorer Campbell saw his shot cleared off the line, after rounding Conor Devlin.

A similar pattern of play followed in the second half and Harry McConkey’s men made sure of the points 15 minutes from time.

This time Campbell turned provider and his cross from the right wing was met with an acrobatic finish by Jason McCartney six yards out.

Substitute Darren Stuart had an almost instant opportunity to set up a grandstand finish, but his steered his effort wide of the post when one-on-one with John Connelly, as the home side finished comfortably in the lead.

Larne: Devlin, Cosgrove, Tilney, McNally, McEleney, Kelly, Scullion (Stuart), Sule, Hughes, Donnelly (Ramsey), McDaid

Unused subs: Doughterty, Henry, Hassin

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