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Larne face test of character in bid to return to winning trail

Larne manager Tiernan Lynch
Larne manager Tiernan Lynch

By Steven Beacom

Larne will be out to bounce back today at home to Ballyclare Comrades after suffering their first Championship defeat of the season at Ballinamallard.

On a great day for ducks, in more ways than one, Harry McConkey's Fermanagh outfit stunned the leaders with a 2-0 success at Ferney Park.

Larne boss Tiernan Lynch did not make excuses, admitting the better team won 11 days ago in the wind and rain. Now he will look for a big response from his players in the east Antrim derby.

"It will be a good test of character for us," said Lynch, with his team 16 points clear at the top.

Club owner Kenny Bruce is expected to be attendance and, no doubt, potential new arrivals in January will be discussed with the manager, who last week beat off several League of Ireland sides to sign midfielder Lee Lynch from Sligo Rovers.

Another midfielder, Andrew Osei-Bonsu, has left Larne and returned to England.

Elsewhere in the Championship today, Carrick Rangers, now in second spot, will aim to build on a 2-0 victory over Portadown by seeing off Limavady United.

There is a feelgood factor around Carrick at present with respected duo Clifford Adams and Kel McDermott appointed Head of Youth Development and Director of Football Development respectively.

Should Carrick defeat Limavady, Dergview will move away from bottom spot with a draw at home to Ballinamallard.

Portadown host fifth placed Loughgall in what promises to be a challenging fixture for Matthew Tipton's men, who are sixth.

All matches kick-off at 3pm.

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