Larne slipped to third from bottom in Championship 1 after a 2-0 defeat against league leaders Dundela at Inver Park on Saturday.
It was a harsh scoreline on the home side, however, and they had their chances against the unbeaten Duns, who sealed the points with two goals in the final 20 minutes of the game.
The managerless home side were quickly out of the blocks and Paul Maguire had an opportunity to open the scoring after just three minutes when he shot straight at the goalkeeper, following a neat exchange with Stuart King.
On 25 minutes, home goalkeeper Dylan McRandal did well to tip over from Kyle Cherry’s free-kick and six minutes produced an equally impressive save deny Daniel Burns’ rasping effort.
Cherry threatened to break the deadlock just two minutes into the second half but poked the ball just wide, after finding space inside the box.
Nine minutes later Steven McKay, in the Dundela goal, did well to keep the scores level when he saved from Paul Maguire’s near-post drive.
Shortly afterwards Maguire saw a penalty appeal waved away, despite appearing to be pulled back just inside the box.
On 63 minutes Mark Picking couldn’t believe he hadn’t broken the deadlock as his first-time volley, from Ross Black’s accurate left-wing cross, was somehow kept out by McKay.
Dundela made the breakthrough with 19 minutes remaining. Daniel Burns found too much room on the left flank and produced an excellent cross allowing substitute Owain Beggs to apply the finish from close range.
In stoppage time Dundela sealed the victory with Carl McComb producing an impressive chip after goalkeeper McRandal was forced to leave his penalty area to make a clearance.
Larne: McRandal, Todd, Hughes, N McAllister, McNamee, McConnell (Scott), Irvine (McAuley), Picking (J McAllister), Maguire, King, Black. Unused subs: Crawford, Swann
Dundela: McKay, Collins, Murphy (McCullough), Cherry, Owens, Ferguson, Irwin (Beggs), McCain, McComb, Halliday (Jackson), Burns. Unused subs: Gourley, Gilliland