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Plenty more left to come from high-flying Larne, insists Lynch


By Steven Beacom

Larne manager Tiernan Lynch would love to end a 'phenomenal' 2018 on a high away to derby rivals Carrick Rangers in the Championship today.

Lynch is well on his way to leading Larne into the promised land of the Danske Bank Premiership and believes there will be more good days next year.

On Boxing Day Larne bounced back from their first league defeat of the season to Ballinamallard by winning 3-1 against Ballyclare at a packed Inver Park.

In the crowd was owner Kenny Bruce, who has transformed Larne FC with his finance and ambition, and his family including brother Michael.

To think a year ago Larne were at the bottom end of the Championship. While Bruce has provided millions of pounds on and off the pitch, Lynch and his players have delivered results that see them 16 points clear of second-placed Carrick.

"It's been a phenomenal journey with the players that we now have and the facilities. You have to pinch yourself at times and we believe there is a lot more to come," said Lynch.

The last time Larne and Carrick met the former won 4-0. Since then Carrick, under boss Niall Currie, have looked a different animal. They have won five out of their last seven games.

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"They are a very workmanlike side and will make it difficult for us so we have to be on our game," added Lynch.

Meanwhile, the NI Football League have confirmed that the last round of pre-split fixtures in the Bluefin Sport Championship will now be played on January 19 rather than January 12.

Ballinamallard have given themselves a slim chance of making the top six with a fantastic run of form. They'll aim to keep that going at Limavady today.

Fixtures: H&W Welders v Knockbreda, Loughgall v Dundela (both 2pm), Ballyclare v PSNI, Carrick Rangers v Larne, Dergview v Portadown, Limavady United v Ballinamallard (all 3pm).

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