Martin Donnelly grabbed two late goals to earn Larne a point (Picture: Larne Football Club)
Saturday, 07 April 2018
PSNI and Larne gained an equal share of the goals and the points in possibly one of the best games seen at Newforge in recent times.
Larne began the game the most threatening but the PSNI looked comfortable soaking up whatever the visitors could throw at them.
That was until just after the quarter-of-an-hour mark when the first real home attack saw Lukasz Adamczyk backheel the ball to Owen Moody who made no mistake from inside the six yard box.
Thereafter the PSNI were in the ascendency and could have doubled their lead on 42 minutes when a Mark Anderson corner was headed onto the bar by Dale Malone.
On 72 minutes the PSNI finally doubled their lead thanks to a long clearance by 'keeper Jordan Williamson which fell to Malone who, in turn, laid it off for Adamczyk to convert with a simple tap-in.
But Larne fought back twice in the closing minutes to earn a point. Martin Donnelly pulled one back with four minutes remaining and then, as if to rub salt into the wounds, doubled his tally as the game was about to drift into stoppage time.
PSNI: Williamson, McDermott, Riddle, Douglas, P. Simpson, Berry, Moody, McNeill, Adamczyk, Malone, Anderson subs McClurg (replaced Berry 74), Waide (replaced Adamczyk 84), Courtney (not used), Montgomery (not used), McCullagh (replaced Malone 80)
Larne: MacRae, Thompson, Finnegan, Ramsey, Henry, McEleney, Georgaklis, Scullion, Stewart, Caldwell, Donnelly subs Jackson (not used), Devlin (not used), Tolan (replaced McEleney 39)
Referee: Ben McMaster
|James Georgaklis||90 +1|