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Nine-man Larne good enough for impressive derby win over Ballyclare Comrades

By Keith Bailie

Not even two red cards could stop Larne from beating Ballyclare Comrades in a fractious opening day derby at Inver Park. Ciaran Murray and Stuart King were sent off in the second half as Larne recorded an impressive 4-1 victory. Paul Maguire, Thomas Robinson and James McCabe all scored in the first half, before a second half melee saw Murray and King receive their marching orders.

Gary Brown pulled a goal back for Ballyclare, but Robinson's second strike snuffed out any chance of a comeback.

Dundela climbed to the top of the table with a 4-0 victory over Brian Adair's Loughgall, thanks to goals from Nathan Jones, Jordan West, Michael Halliday and Carl McComb.

Bangor got their season off to a slick start at Clandeboye Park with a 4-1 win over Dergview who took the lead through former Ballinamallard United man Darren Higginbotham in the 12th minute.

Andy Morrow equalised before half-time, débutant Richard Gibson gave Bangor the lead on the hour before a late brace from Mark Cooling settled it.

David Rainey made his début for H&W Welders as they beat Championship One new boys PSNI 2-0 at Newforge, with Scott Davidson grabbing a brace.

Raymond Bell lost his first game in charge of Knockbreda, 2-0 to Lisburn Distillery at New Grosvenor, Carrick Rangers beat Donegal Celtic by the same scoreline, but Ards had to come from behind in their first match back in the Championship to earn a 1-1 draw at Armagh.

In Championship Two, Dollingstown lost their first ever league game 1-0 to Wakehurst. Moyola Park top the table after a 4-0 win over Glebe Rangers on Friday night.

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