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Ronan Hale inspires Larne to stun Glens and net last Euro spot


Larne frontman Ronan Hale. Credit: INPHO/Stephen Hamilton

Larne frontman Ronan Hale. Credit: INPHO/Stephen Hamilton

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Larne frontman Ronan Hale. Credit: INPHO/Stephen Hamilton

Larne staged a brilliant 4-2 fightback victory against Glentoran to land a lucrative place in the Europa Conference League.

The Glens stormed into a 2-0 lead but they were blown away by four goals from substitute Ronan Hale at the BetMcLean Oval as the Invermen secured the last remaining European slot and prize money of at least £200,000.

Mick McDermott’s men failed to get their hands on a trophy and last night they were tossed off the European stage.

After goals from Conor McMenamin and Jay Donnelly it felt like the Glens had one foot in Europe but Larne staged a dramatic fightback to force extra-time.

Glens ace Paddy McClean was sent off for tugging David McDaid’s jersey and Hale tucked the ball home after Aaron McCarey’s save.

McCarey conceded another spot-kick when he barged into McDaid and Hale made no mistake. In extra-time, Hale scored twice, including one goal from his own half right at the death.

Meanwhile, Glentoran have been fined £5,000 by the Irish FA and the club’s former chairman Stephen Henderson charged with bringing the game into disrepute. The fine and charge are believed to relate to the transfer of Kerry Beattie to Glasgow City earlier this year.

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Both the fine and charge can be challenged under the rules of the Irish FA’s Disciplinary Committee.

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