Larne is an Irish League football team
I was at Inver Park with my son Bobby on Thursday night and, coming out of the ground, he asked me if that was the same Larne team that played in Europe last summer.
Larne were made to pay for a toothless performance at Inver Park as a late goal from St Joseph’s of Gibraltar sealed a 1-0 aggregate win and put an end to the home side’s Europa Conference League hopes.
Larne manager Tiernan Lynch believes the lack of a summer season is damaging Irish League clubs’ European hopes, but he’s still hopeful his side can turn on the style and ease past St Joseph’s of Gibraltar.
It was back to real competitive action for our quartet of Irish League representatives proudly flying the flag for local football in Europe this week and despite mixed fortunes, I personally feel that all four have a really good chance of progressing to the next round of their respective competitions.
After a battle in the Gibraltar heat, Larne boss Tiernan Lynch was pleased to see his side bring the Europa Conference League qualification tie with St Joseph’s back to Inver Park with all to play for.
“I’ve come from nothing by working my way up, and now I have a chance to prove what I can do,” declared Lee Bonis as he prepares for his first taste of European football.
Linfield will kick-off the defence of their Danske Bank Premiership title in the home comforts of Windsor Park when they host relegation play-off survivors Portadown on Saturday, August 13.
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