UK news Tiernan Lynch points to progression as Larne make swift work of Dungannon to begin season on positive note last news
MetiNews.Com - Larne boss Tiernan Lynch has been able to tick off the first thing on his to do list after a 3-0 opening day win over Dungannon Swifts.
Breaking News ! "Larne boss Tiernan Lynch has been able to tick off the first thing on his to do list after a 3-0 opening day win over Dungannon Swifts. The Invermen were left frustrated when the same fixture last season finished in a goalless draw but early strikes from Marty Donnelly and David McDaid put them in firm control, with sub Ronan Hale finishing it off late on with a penalty.Lynch was delighted to get up and running with three points."It's all about progression and that was the case against Dungannon," he said. "Last season we drew this game 0-0 and that was probably one of the games which cost us climbing the League table."We had to ensure we didn't get ourselves in that position and that means winning our home games."Credit to Dungannon as well, because they came and had a go."We made changes from Tuesday night, bringing Jeff Hughes, Dean Jarvis, John Herron and Davy McDaid back in."Andy Scott got a run out after international duty and Ronan Hale came off the bench and got a goal so things are going really well."Larne were set on their way by Donnelly's beautiful curling effort on 11 minutes, finding the same top corner as in Tuesday's 4-0 County Antrim Shield win over Crusaders."Marty does what Marty does!" added Lynch."He's in great form at the moment and he tells me he's getting younger and fitter so while Marty is in that form you have to let him go and get on with it."Mark Randall had a big hand in helping the hosts race into a 2-0 lead.
.Two minutes later and it was 2-0. Randall was once again the provider, this time lofting a ball over the top which took the Dungannon defence out of the game and found McDaid, who kept himself onside and knocked it past the onrushing Sam Johnston.Hale then came off the bench to complete the scoring when he converted from the spot after skipper Hughes was brought down inside the box.Lynch was just as happy with their clean sheet as he was with the three goals at the other end.He added: "People will talk about Larne and the football they play but if you're going to have success, you have to build on the platform of clean sheets."That's three we've had in the first week, so thankfully at the moment we're doing that and long may it continue."Swifts counterpart Kris Lindsay was far from deflated afterwards, seeing his side have a number of good spells in the game, including Lorcan Forde's gilt-edged chance at 0-0."We have a lot of pace, energy and enthusiasm at the top end of the pitch and we thought that we could cause Larne problems," he said."We did that in stages and, while we weren't clinical, we had a go. You can come here and defend for 90 minutes and Larne will bop it about for fun."You have to try to ask teams questions at the other end of the pitch in any game, so it's important we tried to play and ask Larne questions and I thought we did that in spells.""
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