With Larne Tech and Newington Rangers having their scheduled matches rained off at the weekend, a hastily arranged friendly was set up at The Cliff, with the Old Boys winning 3-0 thanks to goals from Gary Montgomery, Sencer Yilmaz and Aaron Hyslop.
Tech manager Johnny Hastings classed it as a good 90-minute workout. “Apart from a friendly against Carrick Rangers, we haven’t played in four weeks. Newington gave us a good game, although it ended up comfortable enough in the end.” he said.
“It was also good that we were able to give a few second-team players a run-out with Neil Webb, Aaron Hyslop and keeper Mark Burke all impressing.”
Newington boss Davy Rollo was also glad of the friendly with several regulars back in the line-up after missing the recent game against Ballynahinch Olympic because of a team-mate’s stag do.
“It was good to get them back and give them a run out. We in no way let ourselves down and I thought we played the better football,” said Rollo.
“We could have been back into it when Marty Stirling missed a penalty at 1-0, and I’m not just sure how he scuffed his shot on the 3g surface! We fell asleep near the end to let Yilmaz in with a header and they scored a third late on.”