Chris Ramsey opened the scoring for Larne (©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton)
Wednesday, 26 December 2018
Runaway leaders Larne took another step towards sealing the Bluefin Sport Championship title with a Boxing Day derby victory over Ballyclare Comrades at Inver Park.
After a scoreless first half the deadlock was broken on 52 minutes when Chris Ramsey connected with Martin Donnelly's free-kick to direct a header past Comrades keeper Paddy Flood.
Then, with just over a quarter-of-an-hour remaining, David McDaid made it 2-0 after rounding Flood and slotting into the empty net.
Ballyclare pulled a goal back through Christopher Crane five minutes later with a superbly executed free-kick but, within sixty seconds, produced a similar finish at the other end, albeit in off the post and crossbar, to secure another three points for Tiernan Lynch's side.
Larne: Devlin, Sule, Ramsey, McEleney, Kelly, Scullion, McDaid, Donnelly, Tilney, Cosgrove, Hughes subs Dougherty (not used), Stuart (replaced Scullion 67), Hassin (replaced Sule 82), McNally (not used), Gilmour (replaced McDaid 74)
Ballyclare Comrades: Flood, Woods, Crane, McIlveen, Wright, Dobbin, Trussell, Gray, Brown, Willighan, Robinson subs McKnight (not used), McWilliams (replaced Trussell 70), Tully (replaced Robinson 70), Donnelly (not used), Kirk (not used)
Referee: Chris Morrison