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Larne will have to battle to seal top six spot: Ramsey

 

Larne are top of the table after taking two wins from their first two Danske Bank Premiership matches.
Larne are top of the table after taking two wins from their first two Danske Bank Premiership matches.

By Graham Luney

Larne have made an impressive start to the Danske Bank Premiership season but defender Chris Ramsey says the squad will stay grounded.

It may be a little early to predict the Invermen will last the pace in a title shootout, but sitting top of the table after their opening two clashes is a pleasant feeling.

Tiernan Lynch's side are ahead of Crusaders on goals scored with maximum points bagged from victories over Warrenpoint Town and Carrick Rangers.

David Jeffrey's Ballymena United will be at Inver Park on Saturday.

"A lot of people might expect us to challenge at the top but I think if you look at the teams in the top six you cannot assume your place there is guaranteed," warned Ramsey.

"Glentoran beat us in the League Cup last season and they finished in the bottom half.

"It's going to be one of the toughest seasons there has ever been in the Irish League.

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"Crusaders and Linfield are strong, Cliftonville are better under Paddy McLaughlin and Glentoran are rejuvenated.

"It's a massive test for us and we will just have to try to get off to a strong start and see where we are after the first round of fixtures.

"We just want to give a good account of ourselves. It would be nice to win a trophy and qualify for Europe.

"The coaching staff are brilliant, they put a real trust in their players and everyone's opinions are respected.

"The players appreciate that too."

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