LARNE FC: Larne fight back from two down to defeat Celtic

Lurgan Celtic manager Colin Malone (left) and Larne boss Davy McAlinden.
Lurgan Celtic manager Colin Malone (left) and Larne boss Davy McAlinden.

Larne bounced back from two goals down to grab the points in a 3-2 win at Lurgan Celtic.

It was just what the Reds needed with the goals coming from Guillaume Keke and a brace from skipper Paul Maguire.

Larne looked shaky early on and found themselves a goal down after seven minutes. A foul by Kevin Bradley on Dale Malone was adjudged to have been inside the box and Chris Lavery hammered home the spot-kick.

Gerald Gillan and Maguire went close for the visitors but it was Celtic who doubled their advantage 11 minutes before the break. Lavery cut in from the left and sent a delightful curling shot high into the net.

Larne then lifted the tempo and pulled one back with a minute of the half left. A clever ball from Gillan found Maguire and he fired it home.

Three minutes into the second half the sides were level. Maguire went down in the penalty area and surprisingly the referee pointed to the spot. Keke, back in the side after injury, stepped up to send a well-struck penalty high into the net.

Aaron Harte almost gave the home side the lead again on 66 minutes but his deflected shot struck the crossbar.

As the seconds ticked away Larne snatched a precious winner. A clever ball over the top fell to Maguire who swept the ball into the net.

Lurgan Celtic: McCorry, McVeigh. Rodgers, Hutchinson, Fitzpatrick, Malone, O’Hara, Haire, Barton, McCann, Lavery Subs: McAtavey, Wilson, McCabe, Toland,

Larne: Flood, Bradley, McClean, McGrandless, McMullan, Gillan, Donnelly (McGonnell 76) Maguire, Keke, Robinson.