King: Draw felt like a defeat

Larne's Stuart King holds off Knockbreda's Stephen McCaw. Photo: Presseye
Larne's Stuart King holds off Knockbreda's Stephen McCaw. Photo: Presseye
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Larne midfielder Stuart King says it shows how much progress the club has made this season that Saturday’s draw with Knockbreda felt like a defeat.

The Inver Reds blew a two-goal lead and had to settle for a share of the spoils at Breda Park.

Goals from Michael McClean and Ciaran Murray had placed Davy McAlinden’s side in the driving seat, but Knockbreda hit back through James Wright and a late strike from David Johnson.

King told the Times: “Two-nil up away from home and in control, then to concede so late on was very disappointing. I don’t know what happened in the second half but if we want to be in contention for promotion we need to be seeing out games like that.

“In the second half we seemed to be lacking a bit of energy and they were the better side. We didn’t play that well and they started to pick up second ball. When they scored their first it gave them a lift and then I missed a sitter late on, which I can’t explain.

“It shows you how far the club has come as we are all looking at this like a defeat, but we need to pick it up and go again.”