LARNE CLAIM EAST ANTRIM BRAGGING RIGHTS
A solitary goal towards the end of the second half was enough to earn Larne victory from the East Antrim derby away to Carrick Rangers.
Getting off to a tentative start, neither side fashioned much in front of goal during the opening exchanges. Leroy Millar had perhaps the first effort of note after 20 minutes but couldn't get a strong enough touch to Paul O'Neill's cross while, for Rangers, Emmett McGuckin headed wide from David Cushley's free-kick.
Mark Randall enjoyed the best chance of the scoreless first half only to fire just wide of the left post - with the same player also threatening not long after the break only to see his shot blocked by a defender.
However the second half was largely a copy of the opening 45 minutes until, with just over ten remaining, Shea Gordon bagged what proved to be the only goal of the game with a powerful left-foot drive beyond Ross Glendinning into the bottom right corner.
Carrick Rangers: Ro. Glendinning, Forsythe, Ervin, Gordon, Cushley, McGuckin, Allen, Cherry, Re. Glendinning, Tilney, Anderson subs Hogg (not used), Surgenor (not used), Gawne (replaced Anderson 83), Kalla (replaced Cherry 51), McKiernan (replaced Cushley 83), Waite (not used), Gillen (not used)
Larne: Ferguson, Want, Randall, O'Neill, Bonis, Doherty, Donnelly, Gordon, Bolger, Millar, Cosgrove subs McIntyre (not used), Kelly (not used), Watson (not used), Kearns (replaced O'Neill 70), Scott (replaced Doherty 77), Hutchison (not used), Hughes (not used)