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Double take: Jeff Hughes netted twice for Larne

Double take: Jeff Hughes netted twice for Larne

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Double take: Jeff Hughes netted twice for Larne

Captain Jeff Hughes admitted Saturday's conditions were the coldest he has ever played in, but was delighted that Larne saw off Institute to secure their seventh win in eight games.

Storm Ciara played havoc throughout the Danske Bank Premiership at the weekend, but former Northern Ireland international Hughes believes the Brandywell Stadium was hit hardest.

Conor Tourish's own goal set the visitors on their way and Davy McDaid made it 2-0 ahead of Hughes registering a double.

"That's the coldest I think I have ever played in or been involved in to be honest. It just didn't get any warmer at all," he said.

"We knew how hard it was in the first half, so we knew how hard it would be for them in the second half, so we just continued doing what we were doing and thankfully we got that breakthrough quite early."

Hughes - who was denied a hat-trick when Rory Brown kept out his second penalty - was surprised that his long-range first effort found the net.

He explained: "I was on the half-turn when I hit it and I thought because he's a good keeper that he would save it, as he usually has good handling, so I don't know what happened."

Stute assistant manager Sean Friars reflected: "The goal after half-time and with the conditions that bad, we knew it was going to be tough to get back into the match but they are a good side and you have to give them credit, they played the conditions better than us."

Institute: R Brown, Curry, Tourish, Doherty, McCauley, Tweed (Brogan, 46 mins), Henry, Burke (Morrow, 72 mins), Obhakhan, Pomeroy (G Brown, 67 mins), Walsh. Unused subs: Crown, C McLaughlin, B McLaughlin, McCann.

Larne: Devlin, Cosgrove, Flowers, Watson, Jarvis, Sule, Herron (Tully, 73 mins) Hughes, Lynch, McDaid (Randall, 76 mins), Donnelly (Tilney, 78 mins). Unused subs: Kelly, Ramsey, Gilmour, Pauley.

Referee: Lee Tavinder (Dungannon).

Man of the match: Jeff Hughes

Match rating: 7/10

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