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Lynch hails Larne's dominance as they put difficult run behind them by accounting for Dungannon



Larne celebrate on their way to their 3-0 win over Dungannon Swifts

Larne celebrate on their way to their 3-0 win over Dungannon Swifts

Larne celebrate on their way to their 3-0 win over Dungannon Swifts

Tiernan Lynch hailed a 'dominant' performance from his side as Larne got back to winning ways with a 3-0 victory over Dungannon Swifts.

After a run of just one win in their last seven outings, the Invermen were worthy winners against a Swifts side who struggled to contain their hosts.

The victory keeps them in second place, but moves them six points clear of Crusaders and to within two points of leaders Linfield, albeit having played a game more.

Mark Randall's classy finish set them on their way early on, before an own goal from Dougie Wilson and Marty Donnelly's free-kick wrapped up the points in the second half.

"We were very dominant and we did the right things in the right areas and kept a clean sheet," said Lynch.

"I thought the boys played some good football, defended well and worked hard on and off the ball - we couldn't have asked for much more of them."

After a run of two home draws in a row, Lynch kept faith his men would get back to winning ways.

"As we've said all along, this is a good team," he added.

"They had a little bit of a dip in form where things weren't going their way but we always knew what they were capable of.

"We kept playing good football and they got their rewards in this one."

Larne broke the deadlock in impressive fashion with just nine minutes on the clock.

Randall received a throw from Tomas Cosgrove and found himself a yard of space on the edge of the box. He then took a touch on his chest before unleashing an inch-perfect lob, with his instep, over Roy Carroll to find the top left corner of the net.

The Invermen controlled the rest of the half and could have extended their lead through Randall with 25 minutes on the clock.

Fuad Sule cut the Swifts defence open with a sublime pass through the centre of the park to find Randall on the edge of the 'D'. He then shifted the ball onto his left foot and drew a fantastic stop, at full stretch, from Carroll.

Johnny McMurray was unfortunate not to get his name on the scoresheet four minutes before the break as he crashed his header off the top of the crossbar.

Larne did add their second of the night eight minutes into the second half in somewhat unusual circumstances.

This time Randall turned provider, swinging in a deep free-kick from the left flank with Wilson diverting the ball into his own goal via an arm. The Swifts protested for a foul on Wilson, but to no avail.

The goalscoring was rounded off in style with a trademark Donnelly free-kick on 73 minutes. The little forward stepped up to the ball right of centre and crashed it in off the underside of the crossbar.

Swifts boss Kris Lindsay had no complaints over the outcome as his men slipped to the bottom of the table on a day when sides around them profited.

"I thought Larne fully deserved it," was his honest assessment of the encounter.

"In the first half, I thought we stood off a little bit too much, we didn't get tight enough.

"Randall scored a great goal for the first, but we made it too easy for him and didn't track his run. You can tell the difference and that they are a full-time team. You can also tell they are doing it the right way, the patterns, their movement is excellent. At the end, they were better than us on the day, although we did show a bit more fight in the second half."

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