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Donnelly's goal is icing on the cake on a day of celebration


Relieved and proud: Larne manager Tiernan Lynch
Relieved and proud: Larne manager Tiernan Lynch

By Billy Weir

It was a big day for Larne Football Club on Saturday as they officially unveiled their new pitch in a carnival atmosphere at an ever-changing Inver Park.

But for manager Tiernan Lynch the real cause of celebration came just past the hour mark when Marty Donnelly thrashed home the only goal of the game against Ballinamallard United.

A catalogue of chances were wasted before Donnelly cut into the box and slammed a shot past John Connolly and although it was to be a nervy finish, they fully merited their first Bluefin Sport Championship win of the campaign.

"Today was just about the three points," said a relieved Lynch afterwards.

"We would have liked to have put on a show, and I think at times we did, we knocked the ball around really well and retained possession.

"It's good on the eye but I think the expectation level here is you just have to turn up and you win games. It's not like that, it's a difficult league and anything you get out of it you have to work for.

"I was extremely proud of the boys at how hard they worked and we managed to see it out to the end and hopefully that three points builds a little bit of momentum and we move on."

Elsewhere, the result of the day came at Wilgar Park as Dundela thumped Carrick Rangers 5-0 meaning Niall Currie's side are rooted to the bottom of the table.

The Duns are joined at the summit by the only other team with a 100 per cent record, Ballyclare Comrades, who got the better of Loughgall by the odd goal in three.

Portadown also picked up their first win of the season with a 2-0 home success over PSNI while Knockbreda also grabbed three points with a 2-1 defeat of Limavady United.

In the day's other game, Harland and Wolff Welders lost 2-1 at Dergview.

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