David Scullion grabbed Larne's late equaliser (©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton)
Saturday, 01 December 2018
A David Scullion goal late in the game earned leaders Larne a point against ten-man Dergview at Darragh Park.
Dergview had led from the 13th minute when Paul Smith made the most of a mix up in the visiting defence to sweep home the loose ball.
Buoyed by this, Dergview might have doubled their advantage through Dale Maxwell but he just missed turning home a corner midway through the first half.
Larne came closest to levelling in the first half through Martin Donnelly but despite weaving past a couple of defenders couldn't finish by keeping the ball on target.
Dergview were reduced to ten men just before the hour following Adam Buchanan's second caution after an off-the-ball incident with Jeff Hughes.
Even then, it still took Larne until the 82nd minute to find the net when Scullion ran on to a long clearance by Conor Devlin to direct the ball past Tom Hegan.
Dergview might have regained the lead straight from the kick off. Andy Sproule dashed in from the right, went past two defenders and beat Devlin with a low shot but the ball went agonisingly past an upright.
Larne, too, could have snatched victory but Darren Stuart rifled straight at Hegan, who then pulled off a stunning save to thwart Fuad Sule deep in stoppage-time.
Dergview: Hegan, Crawford, Maxwell, M. Buchanan, Callaghan, Falconer, Ad. Buchanan, Smith, Sproule, Kirk, Wallace subs Harpur (not used), McGlynn (replaced Smith 70), G. Doherty (replaced Crawford 72), A. Doherty (replaced Sproule 90)
Larne: Devlin, Sule, Ramsey, McEleney, McDaid, Donnelly, Tilney, Hassin, McNally, Cosgrove, Hughes subs Dougherty (not used), Henry (not used), Kelly (replaced McDaid 71), Scullion (replaced Hassin 53), Stuart (replaced Tilney 75)
Referee: Barry Monaghan