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Match Centre

Premiership
Friday 26 August 2022 (kick off: 7.45 PM)

Venue: Inver Park

Attendance: 1905

Referee: Raymond Crangle

Larne home-team
3 FT 0
away-team Ballymena United
  •   Paul O'Neill 42' 78'
  •   Albert Watson 90'
football
David McDaid and Fuad Sule ©Andrew McCarroll/Pacemaker Press

THREE AND EASY FOR LARNE

Larne cruised to an ultimately comfortable victory over ten-man Ballymena United at Inver Park.

The home side enjoyed the majority of early openings with Paul O'Neill offering up the first effort of the evening only to see it blocked before Fuad Sule had an attempt turned away by keeper Sean O'Neill.

The visiting custodian was called into action again to deal with a 25-yard Mark Randall effort, with Ben Doherty then sending a similarly long shot wide of the target.

But United almost moved in front with their first real chance of the game just after the half-hour mark but, with only Rohan Ferguson to beat, David McDaid could only fire straight at the keeper from close range.

However Larne edged into the lead three minutes from the break through O'Neill who popped up at the back post to tap the ball home after Leroy Millar had crossed from the left.

It got worse for the visitors early in the second half after Steven McCullough was dismissed for a challenge on Randall - and they were almost punished soon after but O'Neill couldn't get a strong enough connection to make his chance count.

Larne continued to dominate but it took Tiernan Lynch's side until the 78th minute to make sure of the points and O'Neill's second of the night with a slotted finish beyond his namesake after Doherty had found him from the left.

Albert Watson completed the scoring right at the end after connecting with a corner to knock home Larne's third.

Larne: Ferguson, Watson, Sule, Randall, O'Neill, Bonis, Doherty, Donnelly, Millar, Cosgrove, Hughes subs McIntyre (not used), Kelly (not used), Kearns (replaced Doherty 82), Gordon (replaced Randall 82), Bolger (not used), Sloan (not used), Lusty (replaced Bonis 72)

Ballymena United: O'Neill, Nelson, Redman, Whiteside, McDaid, Kelly, McCullough, Henderson, McGrory, Gibson, Graham subs Williamson (not used), Loughran (not used), McElroy (not used), Kane (not used), Parkhouse (replaced Redman 72), Corbett (not used), Tipton (not used)

  • FULL TIME
    Larne   3 - 0 Ballymena United
  • GOAL

    Albert Watson

    Larne

    90'
  •  Yellow Card

    Jeff Hughes

    Larne

    85'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Mark Randall

    Larne

    82'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ben Doherty

    Larne

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Daniel Kearns

    Larne

    82'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Shea Gordon

    Larne

    82'
  • GOAL

    Paul O'Neill

    Larne

    78'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Lee Bonis

    Larne

    72'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    Matthew Lusty

    Larne

    72'
  • red subsititutions  Substitution

    Ross Redman

    Ballymena United

    72'
  • green subsititutions  Substitution

    David Parkhouse

    Ballymena United

    72'
  •  Red Card

    Steven McCullough

    Ballymena United

    48'
  •  Yellow Card

    Mark Randall

    Larne

    44'
  • GOAL

    Paul O'Neill

    Larne

    42'
  •  Yellow Card

    Paul O'Neill

    Larne

    15'

Larne

  • Rohan Ferguson
  • Fuad Sule
  • Mark Randall 44' red substitution 82'
  • Paul O'Neill 15' 42' 78'
  • Albert Watson 90'
  • Lee Bonis red substitution 72'
  • Ben Doherty red substitution 82'
  • Aaron Donnelly
  • Leroy Millar
  • Tomas Cosgrove
  • Jeff Hughes 85'

Substitutes

  • Jack McIntyre
  • Graham Kelly
  • Daniel Kearns green substitution 82'
  • Shea Gordon green substitution 82'
  • Cian Bolger
  • Dylan Sloan
  • Matthew Lusty green substitution 72'

Ballymena United

  • Sean O'Neill
  • Kym Nelson
  • Ross Redman red substitution 72'
  • Scot Whiteside
  • David McDaid
  • Joshua Kelly
  • Steven McCullough 48'
  • Jack Henderson
  • Andrew McGrory
  • Jordan Gibson
  • Sean Graham

Substitutes

  • Jordan Williamson
  • Caolan Loughran
  • Paul McElroy
  • Kenneth Kane
  • David Parkhouse green substitution 72'
  • Jake Corbett
  • George Tipton
© Andrew McCarroll/Pacemaker Press

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