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Larne win County Antrim Shield to end 33 year trophy wait as hometown man Jeff Hughes nets decisive penalty

Larne 0-0 Glentoran (Larne win 4-3 on penalties)

Larne win County Antrim Shield with 4-3 penalty success over Glentoran [photos] Close

Larne captain Jeff Hughes struck the winning penalty before getting his hands on the County Antrim Shield.

Larne captain Jeff Hughes struck the winning penalty before getting his hands on the County Antrim Shield.

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Jeff Hughes celebrates scoring the winning penalty in the County Antrim Shield final.

Jeff Hughes celebrates scoring the winning penalty in the County Antrim Shield final.

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Larne   celebrate winning the Co Antrim shield by beating Glentoran in  this evening’s game at Seaview  in Belfast.
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Larne   celebrate winning the Co Antrim shield by beating Glentoran in  this evening’s game at Seaview  in Belfast.
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PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 02/12/2020 Glentoran v Larne ToalsBet.Com Co Antrim Shield Final. Larne celebrate winning the Co Antrim shield by beating Glentoran in this evening’s game at Seaview in Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

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Toals County Antrim should final at Seaview Belfast.
Larne v Glentoran

Larne captain Jeff Hughes  celebrates 
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2nd December 2020 Toals County Antrim should final at Seaview Belfast. Larne v Glentoran Larne captain Jeff Hughes celebrates Mandatory Credit Inpho/Stephen Hamilton

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2nd December  2020
Toals County Antrim should final at Seaview Belfast.
Larne v Glentoran

Larne captain Jeff Hughes 
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2nd December 2020 Toals County Antrim should final at Seaview Belfast. Larne v Glentoran Larne captain Jeff Hughes Mandatory Credit Inpho/Stephen Hamilton

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Toals County Antrim should final at Seaview Belfast.
Larne v Glentoran

Larne FC winners 
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2nd December 2020 Toals County Antrim should final at Seaview Belfast. Larne v Glentoran Larne FC winners Mandatory Credit Inpho/Stephen Hamilton

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2nd December  2020
Toals County Antrim should final at Seaview Belfast.
Larne v Glentoran

Larnes captain Jeff Hughes 
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2nd December 2020 Toals County Antrim should final at Seaview Belfast. Larne v Glentoran Larnes captain Jeff Hughes Mandatory Credit Inpho/Stephen Hamilton

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2nd December  2020
Toals County Antrim should final at Seaview Belfast.
Larne v Glentoran

Larnes captain Jeff Hughes with David McDaid 
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2nd December 2020 Toals County Antrim should final at Seaview Belfast. Larne v Glentoran Larnes captain Jeff Hughes with David McDaid Mandatory Credit Inpho/Stephen Hamilton

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It's a first top level trophy for Larne in 33 years and, with Kenny Bruce's backing, it certainly won't be as long a wait next time.

It's a first top level trophy for Larne in 33 years and, with Kenny Bruce's backing, it certainly won't be as long a wait next time.

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Larne celebrate winning the Co Antrim shield by beating Glentoran in  this evening’s game at Seaview  in Belfast.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 02/12/2020 Glentoran v Larne ToalsBet.Com Co Antrim Shield Final. Larne celebrate winning the Co Antrim shield by beating Glentoran in this evening’s game at Seaview in Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

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Glentoran’s Marcus Kane  and Larne’s David McDavid   during this evening’s game at Seaview  in Belfast.
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PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 02/12/2020 Glentoran v Larne ToalsBet.Com Co Antrim Shield Final. Glentoran’s Marcus Kane and Larne’s David McDavid during this evening’s game at Seaview in Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

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Glentoran's Rory Donnelly and Larne’s Marty Donnelly.

Glentoran's Rory Donnelly and Larne’s Marty Donnelly.

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Toals County Antrim should final at Seaview Belfast.
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Larnes David McDaid  in action with Glentorans Marcus Kane 
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2nd December 2020 Toals County Antrim should final at Seaview Belfast. Larne v Glentoran Larnes David McDaid in action with Glentorans Marcus Kane Mandatory Credit Inpho/Stephen Hamilton

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Larne's Albert Watson contests a header with Glentoran's Rory Donnelly in Wednesday's County Antrim Shield final (Inpho/Stephen Hamilton)

Larne's Albert Watson contests a header with Glentoran's Rory Donnelly in Wednesday's County Antrim Shield final (Inpho/Stephen Hamilton)

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Larnes Albert Watson  in action with Glentorans  Rory Donnelly
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2nd December 2020 Toals County Antrim should final at Seaview Belfast. Larne v Glentoran Larnes Albert Watson in action with Glentorans Rory Donnelly Mandatory Credit Inpho/Stephen Hamilton

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Mick McDermott during Glentoran's County Antrim Shield defeat to Larne.

Mick McDermott during Glentoran's County Antrim Shield defeat to Larne.

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Glentoran’s Ruaidhri Donnelly  and Larne’s Martin Donnelly  during this evening’s game at Seaview  in Belfast.
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Larne captain Jeff Hughes struck the winning penalty before getting his hands on the County Antrim Shield.

Larne have won their first top level trophy in 33 years as hometown man Jeff Hughes stroked home the decisive penalty at the end of a tense County Antrim Shield final against Glentoran.

Goalkeeper Conor Devlin saved two penalties to tee up a winning opportunity for former Northern Ireland international Hughes, who made no mistake to earn a 4-3 spot-kick success.

Neither team could find the net in normal time as Glentoran made eight changes to the side that had beaten Dungannon Swifts 5-1 on Saturday with the likes of Robbie McDaid, Jay Donnelly and Patrick McClean left on the bench. Larne, however, were at full strength with key man Marty Donnelly returning to the line-up.

If Mick McDermott's pre-match press conference was box office then the game itself was more like freeview.

For Glentoran, their two best first-half opportunities fell to Andrew Mitchell but, on the end of a Gael Bigirimana free-kick, his header was plucked from the air by a full stretch Conor Devlin while, later in the half, he miscued a header after Marcus Kane's ball in was knocked down by Mitchell's dangerous-looking strike partner Cameron Stewart.

At the other end, Larne enjoyed much of the possession but offered little until the late stages of the opening half, when Tomas Cosgrove's cutting ball down the right set Lee Lynch clear before his low cross was well cut out by man of the match Keith Cowan.

From the next attack, Marty Donnelly's low shot was easily saved by Rory Brown as the defences came out on top.

Well, Larne fans, how does it look? 😍 Was it worth the wait? 😎

Posted by Belfast Telegraph Sport on Wednesday, December 2, 2020

 

Larne created their best chance of the game just shy of the hour-mark when David McDaid cut in onto his right foot and unleashed a strong effort that was blocked by Cowan before looping up to the back post, where Donnelly's header had to be tipped away.

Glentoran went even closer with 10 minutes left on the clock, thanks to a wicked Gael Bigirimana corner. As the ball whipped into the box, it came off Larne substitute Jeff Hughes and struck the bar.

The danger didn't end there as Glentoran players flocked to referee Keith Kennedy after the ball seemed to hit the Larne midfielder on the arm. The official, however, did not oblige their appeals for a penalty.

The Glens were finishing strongly and captain Marcus Kane, who had delivered a tyically outstanding performance, curled a right-foot cross into the centre where Bigirimana couldn't make contact to head in what would surely have been the winner.

In the end, it wasn't to be for the Glens, as Marty Donnelly, Josh Robinson, Fuad Sule and Hughes all netted from the spot to add to Devlin's two saves and claim the trophy.

Here's the game as it happened:

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