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Larne are still adjusting to life in the top tier, admits Lynch


Bedding in: Tiernan Lynch is happy with Larne’s start
Bedding in: Tiernan Lynch is happy with Larne’s start

By Graham Luney

Larne boss Tiernan Lynch says his players will relish another daunting Premiership test at Coleraine this afternoon but he feels it was always going to take time for his squad to find their feet in the top flight.

The Invermen arrived in the Danske Bank Premiership with high expectations but those with a more realistic outlook knew it could be a bumpy road and three wins, two draws and two defeats highlight the struggle for consistency. Coleraine are on a high after thumping Crusaders 4-2 and Lynch knows it could be another difficult day at the office after last weekend's frustrating scoreless draw at home to Dungannon Swifts.

But Larne have already shown their mettle on the road, with a spirited showing in a 2-2 draw at Crusaders.

"The Coleraine game is one we are really looking forward to," said Lynch.

"The players want to test themselves against the best teams.

"It might be similar to the game at Crusaders when we stuck to our task at Seaview and we know it will be difficult.

"Oran (Kearney) has put belief back in the club and the players are enjoying their football.

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"We are under no illusions of the size of the task and we know we must be at our best but my boys will relish it."

Lynch understands the frustration sparked by the failure to conquer the Swifts but he believes his squad have already proved they belong at this level.

"There's been some criticism which is understandable as we should be winning those games and no one is more disappointed than the players," he added.

"Dungannon came and sat behind the ball.

"At one stage they had six defenders and three sitting in front of them. They were extremely difficult to break down and they admitted themselves they came for a point.

"They frustrated us and we couldn't get that one goal that would have opened the game up for us.

"The players can't be faulted, we stuck to the task and had most of the possession. The ball just didn't fall for us and their man of the match was keeper Sam Johnston.

"The Swifts stuck to their task but on another day it could well have been a very different scoreline.

"There is always room for improvement but winning two, losing two and drawing two shows there are mixed emotions. But we came into this league with our eyes wide open and we knew it would take time for us to settle and find our feet in the Premiership.

"When you bring in five or six new players, they need time to gel."

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