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Blaine Morrison (Picture: Lorcan Doherty/PressEye.com)

LIMAVADY UNITED 3-0 LARNE

LIMAVADY United took a massive step towards safety and leapfrogged opponents Larne with a hard fought 3-0 win at sunny Rathmore Road on Saturday through a first half penalty and two fine strikes from Blain Morrison in the second half.

The Roesiders won the penalty when Parkhill was hauled down by Carland in the 32nd minute.

Close blasted the spot kick into the net.

Larne nearly equalised on the stroke of half time as Lemon won a race for the ball with McCormick but was forced wide and his shot hit the stanchion.

The second half saw United attacking with the wind and another Parkhill corner forced Gibbons to punch.

Maguire then missed a great chance to equalise but he shot wide when through on goal. United hit back and Parkhill's free kick was met by McClean but his diving header was blocked.

Morrison went on a powerful run, beating two men but his shot lacked power.

United had a fortunate escape on 66 minutes when Larne caused chaos in the box but the ball was hacked away.

United hit back and Parkhill burst into the box but his shot went well wide.

But next minute Morrison took a chance, bravely beat Gibbons and the ball trickled over the line to settle the home side's nerves.

With 9 minutes left Morrison sealed a fine performance with his second, slamming the ball in from close range from King's miskick off Parkhill's wicked cross.

His aggressive running reminded older supporters of the performances of his father thirty years earlier.

United should have had a fourth when McClean's shot was tipped round the corner.

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