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What Larne must change to match Irish League's top teams, explains Lynch


Upward: Tiernan Lynch is sure Larne are making progress
Upward: Tiernan Lynch is sure Larne are making progress

By Alex Mills

Larne boss Tiernan Lynch believes his team need to become a little more street-wise - and when that happens, they can start rubbing shoulders with the big boys at the top of the table.

The Danske Bank Premiership rookies are still a little bit miffed at conceding a last gasp goal which cost them at least a point against Linfield at Windsor Park last weekend.

Having just rapped the post at the one end, when Davy McDaid's shot was pawed away by goalkeeper Rohan Ferguson, the east Antrim team conceded less than 60 seconds later with Josh Robinson opening his goal account for the season.

Lynch's boys today travel to Mourneview Park to face Gary Hamilton's erratic Glenavon - and crafty Lynch reckons it's the perfect platform to get them back on track.

"We need to learn how to get games over the line," he said. "We need to be more clinical in the final third. We need to score more.

"I've no doubt in my mind this will all turn for us. I haven't come away from a game in this league thinking we are a million miles away from challenging at the top. In fact, it's the opposite.

"Yes, we've got to become more clinical and, yes, we have to be a little bit more street-wise at times, but the positives far, far outweigh the negatives in every game we've played."

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Lynch insists his team must be in the right mindset for the challenge ahead down Lurgan way at Mourneview Park.

"It's easy to concentrate on the negatives but, for me, I prefer to look at the positives," he added.

"We went to Windsor Park last week and, in my opinion, we dominated the game for long periods and played some great football - that's the positives I focus and build on.

"We must do that against a Glenavon side that will have something to prove after their big defeat at Carrick Rangers last weekend."

Lynch will have striker Johnny McMurray back on board - he missed out last week due to suspension.

"We missed Johnny's energy and strength up front along with his strong running," Lynch added.

"I think that big pitch would have suited him.

"As a squad we are not there yet. We don't have a big squad... once you go past 12 or 13, we then have a lot of young lads. That's something we'll address.

"Teams like Linfield and Crusaders have won leagues and cups on a regular basis, they know how to manage games. I don't think we're really there (with those clubs) just yet.

"I've no doubt that will come because we are still very early in our journey. The more we do this, the better we will become.

"And, if we start getting a trophy or two over the line, that little bit of swagger and arrogance, not cockiness, will come with it."

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