Belfast Telegraph

County Antrim Shield: Larne edge through as Carrick Rangers find late winner

Larne booked their place in the last four of the County Antrim Shield with the narrowest of wins over fellow Championship club Ards.

Larne opened the scoring in the 12th minute through Darren Stuart. James McCabe skipped past Ards captain James Cully before picking out former Cliftonville man.

The forward took a touch before slotting the ball past Ryan Brown from 15 yards. It was dreadful defending from Ards, but Stuart did well to keep his composure.

Ards equalised in the 40th minute. Emmett Templeton picked out Gary Dorrian, who slotted the ball past Paddy Flood with a low effort from the edge of the 18-yard box.

Larne regained the lead in the last minute of the first-half in unusual circumstances. The Inver Reds lofted a ball into the direction of Paul Maguire, who was 20 yards from goal by the left-touchline. Ards goalkeeper Ryan Brown charged out to the edge of the box, giving Maguire the opportunity to lob the ball into the unguarded net, a chance he didn't waste.

Larne will be joined in the last four by east-Antrim neighbours Carrick Rangers, who had a 3-2 win over H&W Welders.

Conor McCloskey headed home Joe McNeill's corner to open the scoring after 15 minutes.

McCloskey then doubled the lead when his cross-cum-shot sailed into the top corner two minutes into the second-half.

David Rainey pulled one back for the Welders on 64 minutes and they thought they had taken the game into extra-time when Scott Davidson equalised with two minutes to go.

The Welders' hearts were broken when Carrick snatched a dramatic late winner a minute later, a defender slicing a clearance into his own net.

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