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Classy showing by Lynch's men gets title party started at Inver

 

Just champion: Larne players begin their celebrations
Just champion: Larne players begin their celebrations

By Stuart McKinley

Larne's title party went with a bang as they beat Portadown 3-0 at Inver Park.

On the day they were presented with the Bluefin Sport Championship trophy, Tiernan Lynch's men showed why they are champions with a classy performance.

Larne's first half dominance paid off 11 minutes before the break when Tomas Cosgrove broke the deadlock and, as the Ports pushed for an equaliser, the hosts got the party into full swing when Ben Tinley scored the second on 76 minutes before David McDaid made it three.

Carrick Rangers secured second place with a 2-1 victory away to H&W Welders, who have installed Colin McIlwaine and George O'Boyle as their new management team.

The Gers are now guaranteed home advantage in the pre-play-off thanks to Reece Neale's late winner after the Welders' Matthew Ferguson had cancelled out Lukasz Adamczyk's opener.

Irish Cup finalists Ballinamallard United won 2-0 at home to Dundela courtesy of goals from Richard Clarke and Josh McIlwaine, while Limavady United's relegation fears were heightened when a late Thomas Robinson strike condemned them to a 1-0 loss against Ballyclare Comrades.

PSNI gave themselves hope of avoiding a relegation play-off when they won 2-1 away at Loughgall, where Jake Moore scored twice after Nathaniel Ferris put the Villagers ahead.

Knockbreda could, meanwhile, yet get dragged into that mix after they lost 3-0 at Dergview.

RESULTS: Ballinamallard United 2 Dundela 0; Dergview 3 Knockbreda 0; H&W Welders 1 Carrick Rangers 2; Larne 3 Portadown 0; Limavady United 0 Ballyclare Comrades 1; Loughgall 1 PSNI 2.

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