Larne manager Tiernan Lynch insisted there was "no malice" in a controversial challenge by striker Davy McDaid on Linfield captain Jamie Mulgrew during his side's 3-1 home victory that took the Inver Park outfit four points clear of the champions in the Irish Premiership table.
When the scores were level after Linfield's Shayne Lavery and Larne's Graham Kelly had swapped goals, McDaid set up Marty Donnelly to give Lynch's team the lead and then won and scored a late penalty to seal the deal.
All this followed a high tackle from McDaid on Mulgrew early in the first half which most felt was a red card offence. BBC pundits Stephen Craigan and David Jeffrey insisted that the striker should have been sent off but referee Ian McNabb viewed the incident differently.
Lynch stated: "I saw it and I didn't think there was malice in it. Davy is not that sort of player. There were a lot of wholehearted challenges from both sides but it never threatened to boil over.
"I am super proud of the players. I thought they were excellent and are now showing they are enjoying these big occasions."
Last night was the first time in 94 years Larne have beaten the Blues in successive matches at Inver.