Albert Watson dedicates his goal while Larne answer manager's 'streetwise' demand
Larne goal hero Albert Watson has dedicated his first league goal for the club to his wife's ill grandmother.
The 34-year-old rose high to convert Marty Donnelly's corner and double his side's lead just a couple of minutes before half-time at Mourneview Park.
It helped what would be a 3-1 victory over Glenavon but was a goal that meant more than the three points for the former Ballymena defender.
"It meant a lot because my wife's granny isn't too well at the moment and I'd like to dedicate that goal to her, Sadie Kee," he said after the game. "It was emotional. My wife's upset and it was good to get a goal for her."
It was a carbon copy of defensive partner Harry Flowers' opener just five minutes previous, both from Donnelly's corner-kicks.
Surprisingly, it ended a run of over a year without a goal from a corner, according to chairman Gareth Clements.
"We've been working on it," admitted Watson.
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"I'd say that's a true fact (that it had been over a year since the last goal from a corner). I know I scored in a cup game earlier in the season but we should be scoring more from those sort of situations and I should be scoring more. I've set myself that challenge and hopefully we can do it more often over the next run of games."
They had to work for the win as Glenavon halved the deficit on 49 minutes and pressed for an equaliser.
It was an immediate response to manager Tiernan Lynch's calls for his side to be more 'streetwise' following last week's 1-0 loss to Linfield.
"Everybody associates us with good football," said Watson. "We played well last week and we had a good chance to go 1-0 up against Linfield, missed it and then they scored from a mistake.
"Linfield don't lose those sort of games, they win them. That's what we have to do. If we're not playing well, we have to win the games.
"By no stretch of the imagination were we brilliant today - we weren't but we won the game and won it 3-1. It gives us a lot of confidence."
And that 'streetwise' quality was best summed up when Larne made a block on Jordan Jenkins' goalbound shot just seconds before Johnny McMurray netted the clincher at the other end.
"That's what the gaffer means," Watson continued. Making those blocks, being there and helping each other out.
"We're getting there. There have been so many games this season we should have won rather than drawn but we're getting there. We will get up that table."
Larne now have 27 points from 18 games and are seven points behind fifth-placed Glentoran.
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