Steve seems set for stardom

LARNE'S new scoring sensation was signed from Falkirk but, delighted as the manager is with his capture, Steve Loverso is not the Scottish forward to whom Jimmy McGeough was referring last week, so another foreign import is still on the agenda.

Loverso is 20 years old, 6'4" tall and a hefty 15 stone and he's signed for a minimum six months, the manager hoping the deal will be extended until the end of the season.

It's my understanding that Falkirk assistant manager, former Trinidad and Tobago international Russell Latapy, an ex-Rangers player, wants the big raw player to get some tough, competitive experience at a level below what his club can offer and he feels Larne will give him the opportunity to secure that.

"I would describe him as a gentle giant. He is big and strong and it's only a question of him adapting to the hustle and bustle of Irish League football" said manager Jimmy McGeough.

"He's two-footed and I like the way he takes on people in the box. He and Mark Dickson showed some nice skills against Donegal Celtic on Friday night when combining with one another at a stage in the closing ten minutes.

"Steve scored three goals and could have had even more had the break of the ball been kinder. Dickson got the other two and it was an eminently satisfying performance.

"I was very pleased at the performances of a couple of local youngsters with previous family connections to the club, 16 year old right back Darren Kernohan and 17 year old Ross Black at left back. They both look terrific prospects."

So, coming off the back of a 5-0 hammering at the hands of Lisburn Distillery, Friday night's 5-0 win over Donegal Celtic was just the tonic the team needed, albeit not in a competitive scenario.

"It's still a lift and it bears out what I had said to you a week ago, that you'll get those kinds of results and contrasting situations in consecutive games when you're trying to blend players together in a team" reflected McGeough.

"It won't be easy against Distillery this Saturday but we'll be hoping to put much more of a fight that day than we did last time.

"It was a fair old thrashing and, because of that, I won't need much of a team talk come match day. All I'll have to do is hold up five fingers and remind them that's how many times they put the ball in the net against us" added the manager.

o Local lad Aaron Black, son of Johneen who was once a player, then manager and then chairman of Larne FC, has decided to further his footballing career in Trinidad and Tobago with W-Connection after a deal to send him from Ayr United to Inverness Caledonian Thistle fell through because a compensation package couldn't be agreed between the Scottish clubs.