Larne make it six points from six as they sink NICS

ON TARGET: Kerry McIlwaine.
ON TARGET: Kerry McIlwaine.

Larne 1st XI came away from NICS with a 2-1 win in Senior 1 on Saturday.

The girls, who top the league table, started brightly with Kerry McIlwaine scoring after only five minutes, finishing off a wonderfully crafted move.

Had it not been for the excellent form of the NICS goalkeeper and some wayward finishing, Larne could have been out of sight by half-time.

It wasn’t all one-way traffic though, as Trish Neill came to Larne’s rescue with two top-class saves, the first tipping a fierce drive onto the crossbar and the second pushing a goalbound effort wide of the post.

In the second half Larne went 2-0 up as Leah Craig finished high into the net after good play involving Leigh Snoddy and Ingrid Carmichael.

They missed numerous chances to go further in front and there was some worried looking faces on the sidelines as NICS pulled a goal back with just 10 minutes to go.

NICS pushed more players forward and raced clean through on goal but with Trish Neill in great form she rushed from her line and kicked the ball clear and Larne held on strong and saw out the match 2-1 to make it six points from six.

Larne: T. Neill, L. Snoddy, R. Beggs, L. Craig, M. Finlay, G. Rennix, R. Dalton (c), C. Holmes, I. Carmichael, K. McIlwaine, S. McGookin, D. Henry, N. Kempton.

Larne 2nd XI were on the road for the second consecutive week, and they claimed a 2-1 win over Belfast Harlequins IV.

They conceded after only 30 seconds, but they battled back into the game and soon equalised through a Kirsty Neill shot from a penalty corner. New recruit Caris Greenwood swept the ball low into the bottom corner of the net for what proved to be the winner.

Larne II: C. Morrow, J. Wilson, K. Neill, P. Crawford, R. McIlwaine, L. Coburn, C. Blair, L. Booth, A. Snoddy, T. Martin (c), T. Maguire, L. Snoddy, C. Greenwood, Z. Purdy, S. McGookin. Larne 3rd XI drew 1-1 Elks IV on Friday evening in their second league game of the season. Trish Neill found the net for Larne.

Fixtures: (Saturday, October 5): Ballymena v Larne; Larne II v Ballymena II (2.30 pm); Larne III v Ballynahinch II (4 pm).