Inver boss wants to build on victory

Larne manager David McAlinden.
Larne manager David McAlinden.

Larne boss Davy McAlinden says he wants to build on Saturday’s success against Knockbreda with a win over Loughgall.

The home victory over the Belfast outfit keeps Larne in third spot in Championship 1 and despite Loughgall’s failure to win any of their last six league outings, McAlinden is expecting a tricky time at Lakeview Park.

“Saturday’s game will be a pretty serious test, as Carrick Rangers discovered at the weekend, the title contenders having to be satisfied with a draw,” said McAlinden.

“Brian Adair is very much in the situation I’ve been in with Larne in that he has brought in a lot of new players and it does take a while for them to bond and gel together.

“As we ourselves know, the players take time to blend in and ours are getting there week on week.

“So Saturday’s result with Carrick will be a lift for them and they are maybe now beginning to show signs of good things to come.

“They have obviously plenty of resources and the players they have secured are high quality, so they will be getting better all the timeand will present us with a big test.

“But we will go there with confidence and play our usual attacking game. Doing so can leave us a bit open and that can be costly at times, but we can also be strong defensively as our clean sheet record shows,” assured an optimistic Inver manager.

Inver Red and Whites Supporters’ Club’s bus to Loughgall leaves Inver Park at noon on Saturday. Everyone welcome.