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Match Centre

Premiership
Friday 27 August 2021 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Inver Park

Attendance: 1934

Referee: Andrew Davey

Larne home-team
4 FT 2
away-team Coleraine
  •   Kofi Balmer 32'
  •   David McDaid 72'
  •   Ben Doherty 87'
  •   Lee Lynch 90'
  •   Aaron Traynor 51'
  •   Matthew Shevlin 67'
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Ben Doherty celebrates giving Larne the lead ©Stephen Hamilton/PressEye

LATE DOUBLE GIVES LARNE THE EDGE AFTER SIX-GOAL THRILLER

Larne and Coleraine got the new season off to a banging start with a six-goal thriller at Inver Park which saw the home side come out on top after a dramatic finale.
 
Both sides enjoyed a bright start to proceedings with David McDaid seeing a shot blocked by Evan Tweed on the edge of the box while, for the visitors, Conor McKendry sent a 25-yard effort just wide not long after that.
 
Larne's Rohan Ferguson was the busier to the two keepers as the first half progressed, being called on to thwart Matthew Shevlin and then to tip a Tweed effort over the bar
 
But it was the home side that edged in front just after the half-hour mark when Kofi Balmer connected with a Ben Doherty corner to nod past Gareth Deane from close range.
 
Aaron Traynor levelled for the Bannsiders six minutes into the second half. He nodded home from close range after guiding Lyndon Kane's cross past Ferguson.
 
And Shevlin then moved Oran Kearney's side in front on 67 minutes with a header off the crossbar after Conor McKendry had delivered a pinpoint cross.
 
Back came Larne just five minutes after that from a Jeff Hughes ball across the face of goal to which David McDaid was quickest to react and knock home.
 
However, two goals in the dying moments of the game tipped the scales in favour of Larne.
 
On 88 minutes Doherty, against his former club, fired the home side in front from the edge of the area before Lee Lynch bagged what proved to be the winner right at the end of normal time.
 
Larne: Ferguson, Balmer, Herron, Nasseri, Randall, McDaid, Doherty, Bolger, Cosgrove, Hughes, Jarvis subs Argyrides (not used), Kelly (not used), Watson (replaced Bolger 83), Scott (not used), Lynch (replaced Nasseri 81), Mitchell (replaced Randall 90+2), Lusty (replaced McDaid 90+2)
 
Coleraine: Deane, Kane, Brown, Jarvis, McKendry, Lowry, Tweed, O'Donnell, Glackin, Traynor, Shevlin subs Gallagher (not used), McLaughlin (replaced Shevlin 78), Bradley (replaced Traynor 90+2), Wilson (not used), McConaghie (not used), Kelly (not used), Friel (replaced Tweed 90+2)

  • FULL TIME
    Larne   4 - 2 Coleraine
  •  Yellow Card

    John Herron

    Larne

    90+6'
  •  Yellow Card

    James McLaughlin

    Coleraine

    90+6'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Mark Randall

    Larne

    90+2'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    David McDaid

    Larne

    90+2'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Andy Mitchell

    Larne

    90+2'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Matthew Lusty

    Larne

    90+2'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Evan Tweed

    Coleraine

    90+2'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Aaron Traynor

    Coleraine

    90+2'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Eoin Bradley

    Coleraine

    90+2'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Cathair Friel

    Coleraine

    90+2'
  • GOAL

    Lee Lynch

    Larne

    90'
  • GOAL

    Ben Doherty

    Larne

    87'
  •  Yellow Card

    Aaron Traynor

    Coleraine

    85'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Cian Bolger

    Larne

    83'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Albert Watson

    Larne

    83'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Navid Nasseri

    Larne

    81'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Lee Lynch

    Larne

    81'
  •  Yellow Card

    Conor McKendry

    Coleraine

    80'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Matthew Shevlin

    Coleraine

    78'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    James McLaughlin

    Coleraine

    78'
  • GOAL

    David McDaid

    Larne

    72'
  • GOAL

    Matthew Shevlin

    Coleraine

    67'
  •  Yellow Card

    David McDaid

    Larne

    56'
  • GOAL

    Aaron Traynor

    Coleraine

    51'
  •  Yellow Card

    Aaron Jarvis

    Coleraine

    41'
  • GOAL

    Kofi Balmer

    Larne

    32'
  •  Yellow Card

    Stephen O'Donnell

    Coleraine

    19'

Larne

  • Rohan Ferguson
  • Kofi Balmer 32'
  • John Herron 90+6'
  • Navid Nasseri red substitution 81'
  • Mark Randall red substitution 90+2'
  • David McDaid 56' red substitution 90+2' 72'
  • Ben Doherty 87'
  • Cian Bolger red substitution 83'
  • Tomas Cosgrove
  • Jeff Hughes
  • Dean Jarvis

Substitutes

  • Michael Argyrides
  • Graham Kelly
  • Albert Watson green substitution 83'
  • Andy Scott
  • Lee Lynch green substitution 81' 90'
  • Andy Mitchell green substitution 90+2'
  • Matthew Lusty green substitution 90+2'

Coleraine

  • Gareth Deane
  • Lyndon Kane
  • Rodney Brown
  • Aaron Jarvis 41'
  • Conor McKendry 80'
  • Stephen Lowry
  • Evan Tweed red substitution 90+2'
  • Stephen O'Donnell 19'
  • Jamie Glackin
  • Aaron Traynor 85' red substitution 90+2' 51'
  • Matthew Shevlin red substitution 78' 67'

Substitutes

  • Martin Gallagher
  • James McLaughlin 90+6' green substitution 78'
  • Eoin Bradley green substitution 90+2'
  • Ronan Wilson
  • Gareth McConaghie
  • Patrick Kelly
  • Cathair Friel green substitution 90+2'
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