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Match Centre

Premiership
Friday 5 November 2021 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Inver Park

Attendance: 1789

Referee: Andrew Davey

Larne home-team
1 FT 0
away-team Crusaders
  •   Lee Lynch 77'
football
Lee Lynch celebrates scoring Larne's winner ©Stephen Hamilton/PressEye

LYNCH STRIKE MOVES LARNE INTO SECOND

Super sub Lee Lynch came off the bench to bag Larne's winner over Crusaders at Inver Park, a result which moves the East Antrim side into second spot overnight.

A bright start to the game produced chances at either end early on. Mark Randall found space in the box but his effort was blocked with play then switching for Paul Heatley to have a go from outside the box.

Adam Lecky then snatched a shot wide with Randall then having another effort but he could only hook this past the target. Aidan Wilson then turned a header wide as the chances continued, followed by a Lecky header over from a corner.

For Larne Ben Doherty created perhaps the best chance to date with a well struck left-foot drive which Crues keeper Sean O'Neill superbly tipped over while John Herron and Rohan Ferguson combined to thwart Lecky at the other end.

Larne ended the first half with a Navid Nasseri effort which was fired just wide, and the home side started the second half on a positive note too albeit largely restricted to a series of half chances.

The chances continued. Billy Joe Burns offered up a half volley from distance which curled away from the target before Randall had another effort which O'Neill again tipped over.

Ben Kennedy was the next to have a go, but his 20-yard left foot twisted just over the top.

But the deadlock was finally broken with little under a quarter-of-an-hour remaining when a great run from Andy Scott saw him feed the ball through to Lynch, only on the pitch just over ten minutes, who responded with a crisply taken finish past O'Neill.

Crusaders almost levelled straightaway but Johnny McMurray was denied by Ferguson's low save to his right before Kennedy then turned his corner onto the crossbar.

The visitors had a late chance to salvage something from the game when, in stoppage time, Kennedy delivered a dangerous ball into the box which Ferguson eventually gathered at the second attempt under pressure from Jordan Forsythe.

Larne: Ferguson, Balmer, Kelly, Sule, Herron, Nasseri, Randall, McDaid, Doherty, Cosgrove, Hughes subs Argyrides (not used), Watson (replaced Kelly 81), Hale (replaced Randall 81), Scott (replaced Nasseri 66), Lynch (replaced Doherty 66), Bolger (replaced Sule 57), Jarvis (not used)

Crusaders: O'Neill, Burns, Wilson, Kennedy, Lecky, Caddell, Forsythe, O'Rourke, Heatley, Robinson, McMurray subs Tuffey (not used), Hegarty (not used), Weir (replaced Caddell 73), Frazer (replaced Lecky 89), Owens (replaced McMurray 81), Clarke (replaced Heatley 81), Thompson (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Larne   1 - 0 Crusaders
  •  Yellow Card

    Ronan Hale

    Cliftonville

    90+4'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Adam Lecky

    Crusaders

    89'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonathan Frazer

    H&W Welders

    89'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Graham Kelly

    Larne

    81'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Mark Randall

    Larne

    81'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Albert Watson

    Larne

    81'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ronan Hale

    Cliftonville

    81'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    81'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Jonathan McMurray

    Crusaders

    81'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Jordan Owens

    Crusaders

    81'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Clarke

    Crusaders

    81'
  • GOAL

    Lee Lynch

    Coleraine

    77'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Declan Caddell

    Unregistered Players

    73'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Robbie Weir

    Crusaders

    73'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Navid Nasseri

    Unregistered Players

    66'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Doherty

    Larne

    66'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Andy Scott

    Larne

    66'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Lee Lynch

    Coleraine

    66'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Fuad Sule

    Larne

    57'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Cian Bolger

    Larne

    57'
  •  Yellow Card

    Paul Heatley

    Crusaders

    52'
  •  Yellow Card

    Billy Joe Burns

    Crusaders

    28'
  •  Yellow Card

    Fuad Sule

    Larne

    24'
  •  Yellow Card

    John Herron

    Larne

    22'
  •  Yellow Card

    Declan Caddell

    Unregistered Players

    12'

Larne

  • Rohan Ferguson
  • Kofi Balmer
  • Graham Kelly red substitution 81'
  • Fuad Sule 24' red substitution 57'
  • John Herron 22'
  • Navid Nasseri red substitution 66'
  • Mark Randall red substitution 81'
  • David McDaid
  • Ben Doherty red substitution 66'
  • Tomas Cosgrove
  • Jeff Hughes

Substitutes

  • Michael Argyrides
  • Albert Watson green substitution 81'
  • Ronan Hale 90+4' green substitution 81'
  • Andy Scott green substitution 66'
  • Lee Lynch green substitution 66' 77'
  • Cian Bolger green substitution 57'
  • Dean Jarvis

Crusaders

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Billy Joe Burns 28'
  • Aidan Wilson
  • Ben Kennedy
  • Adam Lecky red substitution 89'
  • Declan Caddell 12' red substitution 73'
  • Jordan Forsythe
  • Jarlath O'Rourke
  • Paul Heatley 52' red substitution 81'
  • Joshua Robinson
  • Jonathan McMurray red substitution 81'

Substitutes

  • Jonathan Tuffey
  • Chris Hegarty
  • Robbie Weir green substitution 73'
  • Jonathan Frazer green substitution 89'
  • Jordan Owens green substitution 81'
  • Ross Clarke green substitution 81'
  • Joel Thompson
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