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LARNE 1-3 NEWRY CITY

NEWRY City kicked off their Belfast Telegraph Championship campaign with a comfortable defeat of Larne at Inver Park.

Larne, however, seized the early advantage when City defender Stephen Hutchinson turned the ball past his own 'keeper whilst attempting to clear an Andrew Simms free-kick.

That was how it stayed until the 64th minute when substitute Daniel Hughes unleashed a half-volley which proved too strong for Larne 'keeper Chris Keenan to push out.

He added a second seven minutes after that, pouncing when the home defence failed to clear their lines.

Then, on 78 minutes, Mark Hughes made it 3-1 to the visitors when Larne's defensive frailties were exposed once more.

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