IRISH LEAGUE: McAlinden proud of his players

Larne manager David McAlinden was proud of his players following their hard fought draw at Institute, on Friday night.

Monday, 2nd January 2017, 4:18 pm
Updated Monday, 9th January 2017, 1:03 pm
Larne boss David McAlinden.

McAlinden watched his side play the major of the game at Drumahoe with 10 men and their never say die attitude won them a point.

“I thought the boys were outstanding,” he said. “To be playing with ten men for nearly 100 minutes I thought they gave everything and we asked them to leave everything out on the pitch and they did that.

“People had travelled a long way and we wanted to show them what it meant to us and I think my players did that.

“To be down to ten men after 90 seconds or something, put us behind the black ball. I thought we responded brilliantly Tippey (Emmett Templeton) had a great chance to put us 2-0 up and I think if that goes in we win the game, but listen I can’t fault them for anything.

“People had talked absolutely nonsense the last couple of weeks about different things surrounding the players squad and it has been absolute bullshit and I think their performance at Institute showed that.”

“I honestly didn’t see the incident, I would have loved to have seen it but it’s massively disappointing for me and to be quite honest I did hear a smash and then that probably drew my intention to it and young (Ciaron) Harkin is on the ground but that was as much as I seen, so I can’t say what’s happened, because I would just be guessing but it’s another sending off and that’s disappointing.”