Larne fans deserve a big performance and a big Boxing Day win, says Lynch
Larne manager Tiernan Lynch is hoping a big home support can inspire his side to success against derby rivals Carrick Rangers today.
The Inver Park outfit will enter the league game on the back of a morale boosting 2-0 win at bottom of the table Warrenpoint Town where the clinical Davy McDaid scored twice late on.
For Carrick, following the sudden death of their player Jerry Thompson this month, they had an emotional afternoon last Saturday returning to action in a 1-0 defeat at home to Glentoran. The 24-year-old also previously played for Larne.
Thoughts will be with Jerry's family as the sides take to the field this afternoon.
In the last couple of seasons there have been some fantastic battles between Carrick and Larne. Last term in the Championship, Niall Currie's team caused the Inver men problems and were one of the few to beat them in the second tier, while this time around in the top flight Larne won 2-1 at Carrick in a tight contest in August.
Lynch would settle for the same outcome.
"It will be a big occasion and a full house and hopefully we can deliver a big performance," said Lynch, whose side are sixth in the Irish Premiership.
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"We know our fans will give us great support on the day and we will look to reward them with a victory in what is sure to be a very tough match."
Many managers in the Irish League have had their say on the hectic Christmas schedule.
Lynch appreciates it is not easy on the players but is philosophical rather than critical of what lies ahead.
"The festive period will be difficult for everyone," he said.
"I don't think it's ideal to be playing five games in 15 days but I'm not going to make any difference by crying or complaining about it so we will roll our sleeves up and get on with it."
Larne's squad contains some top players but strength in depth is an issue that Lynch is looking to address next month during the transfer window.
He says: "I hope to make some signings. We are talking to two or three players and in January we will be aiming to bring in some new recruits."
Carrick boss Niall Currie, who is also looking to strengthen next month, said: "Larne will be big favourites on their big pitch but I have every faith in my boys and know that every time they cross the white line they will give everything."
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