CHAMPIONSHIP 1: Dergview 3 Larne 0

Larne boss Davy McAlinden

Larne boss Davy McAlinden

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Larne got off to a bad start in their opening Championship 1 game when they went down 3-0 to Dergview at Darragh Park.

“We knew what to expect down here. They played well but we made it easy for them to be good.

Sent off: Ciaran Murray

Sent off: Ciaran Murray

“It puts a stamp on where we are today and I will certainly be expecting a big response from the players on Wednesday at home to Knockbreda,” added the Inver boss.

The Reds were not at the races in the early stages and fell behind after 12 minutes. A slip by Conal Burns allowed Ryan Mayse to pick out John Edgar who gave Paddy Flood no chance.

Dergview extended their lead on 36 minutes when Nathan Cashel was played in and he stroked the ball home.

The visitors’ best chance came on 42 minutes as James McCabe found Paul Maguire on the right side of the box, but his shot drifted wide of the post.

Larne looked hungrier after the break with Maguire seeing his effort tipped over the bar. Chances of a comeback were dented however when Ciaran Murray was shown a second yellow and the home side wrapped it up 10 minutes from time.

Edgar squared the ball to Mayse and he hammered the ball past Flood.

LARNE: Flood, Bradley, Smyth, Rodgers, McMullan (Woods 88), Burns, G.Gillan, Maguire, Murray, Stuart. McCabe (Robinson 70).

Referee: Stephen Wallace (Londonderry)