Larne manager David McAlinden was furious with his players, after they crashed out of the Coca-Cola Intermediate Cup, losing 3-0 to in form Bangor at Clandeboye Park on Saturday.
After an even first half, Bangor brushed Larne aside in the second half with former Ards forward Ethan Boylan hitting an impressive hat-trick, which included two goals within the space of one frantic minute.
The Invermen put in a limp second half performance, which failed to put the Seasiders under any pressure.
A downbeat McAlinden said: “It's fair to say, I wasn't pleased with the second half performance. There was nothing between the two sides at the break and I thought we would react in the second half, but it didn't happen.
“We lacked hunger and desire and without that you're not going to get anywhere. It was comfortable for Bangor in the second half, and that was really disappointing.”
Boylan's first goal arrived in the 48 minute after he latched onto a Jordan Forsythe through ball, and his second goal game 24 seconds after the restart, with Larne struggling to come to terms with Bangor's slick passing.
Manager McAlinden said: “Whenever ever you concede two goals in the first four minutes of the half, it's hard to comeback.
“When you let a goal in you expect a reaction from your team, but we didn't produce that. I want to see more character than that.”
Boylan added another mid-way through the half, as Bangor cantered towards the line. The Seasiders will now join Institute, Ballyclare Comrades, Ballymoney United, Armagh City and Coagh United in the last eight.
For Larne, the defeat confirms that they will go another season without a trophy. New manager McAlinden knows he has a lot of work to do.
“Whenever I took over I said that the playing staff would be assessed between January and the end of the season, and that assessment period is still on going.
“In the summer, hopefully we can put together a squad that are hungry for success and can do well for Larne and do well for me. That's the aim.
“Since I've taken over there has been good days and bad days, and the defeat to Bangor was one of the worst days. It was unacceptable, particularly the second half. It did not mirror the character we try and install in our players.”