Toothless Larne crash out of Steel Cup

Larne FC manager, Davy McAlinden. INLT 34-027-PSB
Larne FC manager, Davy McAlinden. INLT 34-027-PSB
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A toothless performance from Larne saw them dumped out of the Steel and Sons Cup 3-1 at Sport and Leisure. The home side wanted the win more than the visitors - a fact which disappointed Larne boss, Davy McAlinden.

“We got what we deserved from the game. You can’t go beating Dundela one week and people praise you then turn up here and serve up a performance like that. I can take no positives from the performance at all and that applies to everyone who took the field.”

“No disrespect to Sport and Leisure but we should be able to come here and win. Fair play to them they wanted to win the game more than us and did whatever it took to get into the draw.

“We didn’t create anything and were relying on knock-downs or something, not trying to create and pass the ball.”

The home side were denied the opener on the half hour when Gerard Reynolds cleared a Pierce Tully header off the line.

They went in front just before the break when Darren Gallagher got in at the back post to head fire home.

Larne looked livelier after the break and had a chance to level when Matty Rooney picked up a cross on the edge of the box but sent his shot high over the bar. Reynolds looked to have levelled 14 minutes from time but keeper Damian McGirr somehow clawed it away.

Aaron Thompson doubled the home side’s lead five minutes from time before Michael McClean gave Larne a lifeline.

The result was put beyond doubt in overtime when Kevin Lynch raced clear to drive a low shot into the net.

Larne: Connolly, Scott (Robinson 45), Davison (Rooney 50), McClean, Reynolds, McMullen, Irvine (G.Gillan 81), King, E.Gillan, Maguire, Murray. Subs not used: Smith, Thompson.