BONIS HAT-TRICK HELPS LARNE BOUNCE BACK
A Lee Bonis treble in nine second half minutes helped Larne to victory over Glenavon at Mourneview Park.
Scoreless at the break Glenavon, playing under new manager Stephen McDonnell for the first time, started brightly with Andrew Mooney twice heading wide during the opening exchanges.
At the other end Glenavon keeper Rory Brown produced an impressive save to thwart Cian Bolger's effort from Scott Allan's free-kick.
Further home chances came through Jack Malone, denied by Aidan Dowling, and Mooney who glanced another header the wrong side of the target.
For Larne Bonis directed a backheel into the side netting while Paul O'Neill fired wide from a good position on the edge of the box.
Glenavon were dealt a blow a few minutes from the break when Robert Garrett was shown a straight red card following a dangerous challenge on Dylan Sloan.
And Larne made the most of their numerical advantage with a powerful start to the second half.
Bonis opened the scoring barely a minute after the interval after controlling a Sloan ball forward to confidently direct it past Brown.
Then, almost immediately afterwards, he doubled his tally with a volley into the roof of the net from Kieran Lloyd's right-sided cross.
Remarkably, Bonis then claimed his hat-trick on 55 minutes with a back post header from a corner to complete a torrid few minutes for the home side.
Sloan then got in on the act midway through the second half with a composed finish into the bottom left corner after O'Neill had pulled the ball back into his path.
Glenavon: Brown, Kerr, Birney, Snoddy, Malone, Campbell, Mooney, Teggart, Wallace, Garrett, Ward subs Purvis, Rogers, Baird, McCloskey, Prendergast, Mulvenna, Nesbitt
Larne: Dowling, Donnelly, Farquhar, O'Neill, Allan, Ives, Lloyd, Bolger, Cosgrove, Sloan, Ryan subs Brown, Want, Thomson, Randall, Bonis, Gindiri, Glynn