Paul Maguire (06)
Ryan Kane (36)
Ryan Kane (57)
James McCabe (59)
Paul Maguire (69)
Mark Hillen (71)


Paul Maguire scored twice as Larne swept to victory over Institute (Picture: Jonathan Porter/


Larne moved into third in the Championship after hitting Institute for six at Inver Park.

The vistiors started brightly and hit the woodwork on three minutes as Ryan Morrow's cross was tipped onto the post by Larne 'keeper Joel Madison, before Kevin Bradley headed behind for a corner. From the resulting quickly taken corner Michael McCrudden's centre found an unmarked Gareth Brown, but his header from six yards was straight at Madison.

David McAlinden's side moved in front on six minutes when Paul Maguire calmly slotted the ball past 'keeper Martin Gallagher.

The home side doubled their lead on 36 minutes as Gallagher's punched clearance fell to Ryan Kane on the edge of the box, he took a touch before firing low into the bottom left hand corner.

Early in second half Chris Rodgers' low ball into the box from the right found substitute James McCabe, but after getting in front of Gallagher at the near post, he toe poked the ball inches wide.

'Stute were reduced to ten men on 55 minutes after defender Scoltock picked up two bookings in quick succession, his second caution came about when he brought down Maguire on the edge after losing possession to the striker. Kane's resulting free-kick from the right hand side of the box caught out Gallagher, as the ball went into the side of the net he was guarding.

With Institute at sixes and sevens particularly at the back, Larne added a fourth on 59 minutes when the lively Maguire got in behind the defence only to be denied by Gallagher, but McCabe was on hand to turn home the loose ball.

Another slick passing move by the home side resulted in their fifth goal on 69 minutes, as the ten men seemed to be chasing shadows, before Maguire calmly flicked the ball home from six yards.

And a miserable day for 'Stute got worse two minutes later as the Inver Park men added a sixth, this time Mark Hillen broke in behind the Stute defence, before turning the ball home in-off the post from just inside the box.

The ten men did go close on 75 minutes but Stephen Curry’s left footed strike was kept out by Madison.

In the final chance of the game Maguire was inches away from completing his hat-trick, but his powerful header from 10 yards, which had Gallagher beaten, crashed against the bar. 

Larne: Madison, Bradley, Thompson, Rodgers, McKenna, Templeton, Irvine, Kane, Smith, Maguire, Hillen subs McIlveen (not used), Stuart (not used), Henry (replaced Irvine 88), McCabe (replaced Smith 18), Dorrian (replaced Templeton 60)

Institute: Gallagher, Morrow, D. Curry, O'Donnell, Scoltock, A. Harkin, C. Harkin, McIntyre, Brown, R. Doherty, McCrudden subs S. Curry (replaced McIntyre 56), Jarvis (replaced R. Doherty 61), Cooley (not used), Pomeroy (replaced Brown 61), Muldoon (not used)

Referee: Ken Gibbons

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