Match Preview: Larne vs Cliftonville

Jul 5, 2024 | All News, First Team, Match Guide

It’s Action Mental Health Charity Shield action tonight at Inver Park as Tiernan Lynch’s side welcome Cliftonville in what marks the first competitive action of the season. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

Tonight’s game marks the first chance to get honours on the boar for the 2024/25 campaign and both Tiernan Lynch and Jim Magilton will be keen ensure that tonight provides the perfect preparation for both sides upcoming European fixtures.

With the UEFA Champions League tie against RFS on the horizon, Tiernan Lynch’s side come into the game off the back of two friendlies in recent weeks. The Invermen drew 1-1 with Stranraer before beating CYMRU Premier side Bala Town 2-1 at Inver Park last Saturday.

Matthew Lusty, Oisin Devlin and Sean Brown have all returned to the first-team squad during pre-season after spending the 2023/24 campaign out on loan. Tiernan Lynch has also boosted his squad with three new signings in the summer window, with Conor McKendry returning to the club while Baris Altintop and Dylan Graham have provided reinforcements in the squad. Both Baris Altintop and Dylan Graham will be eligible for selection tonight after receiving international clearance.

Cliftonville have also been in action as they prepare for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Conference League. Jim Magilton’s men have tested themselves against CYMRU Premier opposition in recent weeks, losing 5-1 to The New Saints and 2-1 to Caernarfon Town.

Ben Wilson, Stephen Mallon, Sam Ashford, Chris Curran and Nathan Gartside have all departed the club after playing a role in their Irish Cup success last season, while Jim Magilton has bolstered his ranks with the additions of Michael Newberry, Sean Stewart, Luke Conlan and Shaun Leppard in recent weeks.



Tickets for tonight’s clash are still available to purchase online here.

Prices have been set at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions with all monies raised from the game going to the official charity partner, Action Mental Health.

A cash gate will also be available to both home and away supporters at the stadium tonight. As normal, away supporters will be housed in the Larne Port and P&O Ferries McKay Stand.

Tonight’s game will also be streamed live on the NI Football League YouTube channel for those who can’t make it to Inver Park.



Matchdays are back at 1889!

Join us from 5pm and enjoy a pre-match pint or two while Spain take on Germany in the quarter-finals of Euro 2024.

After the action is finished out on the pitch, make sure to join us in the bar for live music alongside all of our regular drink offers and promotions.



Our Club Superstore at Inver Park will be open from 6:45pm through until kick-off.

With the new 2024/25 Away kit being released yesterday, be one of the first to get your hands on it as it goes on sale for the very first time this evening!

Limited stock of the 2024/25 Home shirt is also still available with a restock on sold-out sizes coming very soon.

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