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Larne must get back to winning ways and fast, insists McDaid

Larne striker Davy McDaid
Larne striker Davy McDaid

By Alex Mills

Larne striker Davy McDaid insists his team cannot afford to feel sorry for themselves after a run of four defeats.

Following an impressive start to their Danske Bank Premiership campaign, the newly-promoted east Antrim side have not only slipped into the bottom half of the table, but have been dumped out of the League Cup and County Antrim Shield.

Their latest defeat, a 3-2 home league loss to Glentoran was particularly hard to stomach, especially as Tiernan Lynch's boys bossed the second 45 minutes.

It took a wonder goal from Patrick McClean - one of McDaid's best pals - to pinch the points for the Belfast side.

"There is not much you can do about a goal like that," conceded McDaid. "It was a cracking effort, great touch and great technique.

"Obviously, every goal can be stopped, but you have to hold up your hands and applaud a great finish by a defender.

"I gave Patrick a bit of stick about it - he's a great mate of mine. We were together at Derry City and we shared digs when we were at Waterford as well.

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"I scored against him the previous Tuesday in the Shield quarter final and he got his own back in the league game - we had a good bit of banter.

"It was a good enough performance against the Glens, but ultimately we had no points to show for it. It's been the story of our season so far.

"We are playing well enough. I don't think there have been many games that we have played poorly."

With Institute due to make the trip to Inver Park today, McDaid admits it's crucial that Larne get back to a winning trend.

"There is no point in feeling sorry for ourselves," said McDaid. "After the little run of defeats, a win is a must against Institute.

"A lot of people at the start of the season were bragging, Larne will do this, Larne will do that.

"Everyone expected us to be challenging at the top.

"It's about building the squad over a few years. It's a process."

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