McAlinden: Larne have reasons to be cheerful

Larne FC manager, Davy McAlinden.

Larne FC manager, Davy McAlinden.

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Mention the bursting of a bubble around Inver Park and you could land yourself in some serious trouble.

Back-to-back defeats is not something new for Larne but they were really big matches this time and they must have hurt.

“Yes, it was disappointing to lose two cup matches in the space of four days and, with each of those defeats, went the chance of silverware. But we are sitting second in the league so there plenty to feel good about,” said Larne manager, Davy McAlinden.

“There are 11 games to go and we are far from feeling down. This season has been all about improving and I think we have been achieving that goal very well to date and we want to continue in the same fashion.

“Fair play to Dergview on Saturday, they played well and they took their chances. We were the better side in the first half but they scored a decent goal. Then we gave away a sloppy penalty and our goose was more or less cooked when Stuart McMullan was sent off.

“I’m not going to give him a hard time, Stuart is one of those guys who knows that it was silly getting involved off the ball, so there’s no need to hammer it home.” “Now it’s full focus on the league and we have a tough match this week at home to Ards, who are also trying to bounce back after losing to Cliftonville Olympic in the Intermediate Cup on Saturday,” added the Larne boss in a game with an added twist.

“Niall Currie was the manager when we won the league, so it will be nice to be pitting my managerial wits against him. It’s a tough assignment but I know we will be very much up for it because there’s certainly no negativity about the Larne club,” assured confident and upbeat McAlinden.