RUGBY REVIEW: Three is the magic number for Larne’s Agnew

Larne win the ball against Lisburn. INLT 05-235-AM
Larne win the ball against Lisburn. INLT 05-235-AM
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Larne secured a hard-fought bonus-point win over Lisburn in bitterly cold conditions at Glynn on Saturday.

Ryan Garrett’s men produced a gritty 32-19 success in what was a vitally important league fixture for the local side.

Larne captain Ryan Garrett on the attack in his side's win over Lisburn. INLT 05-239-AM

Larne captain Ryan Garrett on the attack in his side's win over Lisburn. INLT 05-239-AM

The breakthrough came early when a quick tap penalty allowed Cole to release McAlister who powered over the line from close range.

But desperate last-ditch tackles from Gibson and Burns proved too little too late as the visiting back row found a big hole to dot down under the posts.

Larne responded when Matt Agnew landed his first of three tries on the day.

Good hands from McBride and Hall then put Agnew in for his second and what proved to be the bonus point score.

Another lapse in concentration saw the hosts give away a soft penalty just before the break from which Lisburn took full advantage. They started to pick-and-go and little could be done to stop their pack from crossing to take the half-time score to 24-12.

After the break the visitors reduced the deficit to five points but that was as good as it got.

Lisburn had a man sent to the bin and it opened up a little space for the Larne men to exploit.

Star of the show Agnew raced away for his hat-trick with Andrews adding another penalty with minutes to go it put the outcome beyond doubt.