Murray keeping skipper Maguire on his toes

Larne skipper Paul Maguire (right).
Larne skipper Paul Maguire (right).
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A Paul Maguire hat-trick, his second of the season, helped Larne to a comfortable 4-2 win at Armagh City on Saturday, writes Paul Campbell.

The scoreline flattered the home side with both their goals arriving in the final five minutes. It was Larne’s best performance of the season and they were in control from the first whistle.

� Presseye Press Eye.com  4h October 2014. Mandatory Credit Photo by TONY HENDRON, Presseye.com. 'Belfast Telegraph Championship One. PSNI v Larne.'Larne's Ciaran Murray'celebrates after scoring to make it 0-2'during Saurday's match at Newforge.

� Presseye Press Eye.com 4h October 2014. Mandatory Credit Photo by TONY HENDRON, Presseye.com. 'Belfast Telegraph Championship One. PSNI v Larne.'Larne's Ciaran Murray'celebrates after scoring to make it 0-2'during Saurday's match at Newforge.

The movement all over the park was excellent and with better finishing and a little luck they could have doubled their tally.

“We trained hard all week and were focused on what we had to do,” Maguire told the Times. “We could have scored more but they also could have snatched one after we scored our second but it is another three points for us.”

Asked if his strike partner Ciaran Murray (inset) was helping to keep him on his toes, the skipper added: “Over the last few seasons I haven’t been seriously challenged for leading scorer but Ciaran is keeping the pressure on. I was aware he was ahead of me going into today’s game.

“It is obviously good on a personal level to get goals but the team winning is the big thing.

“Ciaran does a lot of work and helps to create a lot of scoring chances and really works the defenders.

“We face Dergview next week and they have been going well but it will be good to get back to Inver Park and hopefully we can do the business.”

Ross Davison scored Larne’s other goal as Davy McAlinden’s men made it three league wins on the bounce.

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