05 Jul 2024
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Larne came from a goal down to defeat Cliftonville at Inver Park and claim the NIFL Charity Shield, in partnership with Action Mental Health, for the first time.

The home side had the ball in the net inside the opening ten minutes but Lee Bonis' finish after running onto a superb Conor McKendry delivery was ruled out offside.

The deadlock was broken in favour of the visitors on 20 minutes, however, when Ryan Corrigan converted from six yards after Ben Wylie teed him up after intercepting the ball.

Tiernan Lynch's side set about looking for the equaliser straightaway, coming close through Bonis and Andy Ryan but Cliftonville also posed a threat as they searched to double their advantage with Corrigan firing just wide while Wylie sent a curling effort over from distance.

But Larne did get back on level terms five minutes into the second half after Mark Randall sent the ball forward for Ryan to knock into Bonis' path and he, in turn, confidently found the bottom corner.

Then, just after the hour, Larne moved in front when, from another Randall ball from the right, Ryan connected with his head to direct it past David Odumosu.

And the League champions might have added to their lead around five minutes after courtesy of a Levi Ives header from Dylan Sloan's cross which came back off the upright before Odumosu managed to deal with the danger.

Cliftonville almost snatched the equaliser in the closing moments of the game after Reece Jordan got his foot to the loose ball following a scramble in front of goal only for Oisin Devlin to clear off the line.

Larne: Ferguson, Cosgrove, Altintop, Bolger, Ives, Thomson, Randall, McKendry, Sloan, Ryan, Bonis subs D. Graham, Brown, Donnelly, Devlin, Smith, Lusty, O'Neill

Cliftonville: Odumosu, Pepper, Stewart, Addis, Newberry, Kearney, Rory Hale, Conlan, Doherty, Wylie, Corrigan subs Breen, Curran, Jordan, Gordon, McGuinness, Hawthorne, Sheridan