August 27, 2021 Danske Bank Irish Premier League match between Larne and Coleraine at Inver Park Larne. Larnes Ben Doherty celebrates after his goal against his former club Mandatory Credit Inpho / Stephen Hamilton
August 27th 2021 Danske Bank Irish Premier League match between Larne and Coleraine at Inver Park Larne. Larnes Ben Doherty celebrates after his goal against his former club Mandatory Credit Inpho / Stephen Hamilton
August 27th 2021 Danske Bank Irish Premier League match between Larne and Coleraine at Inver Park Larne. Larnes Ben Doherty celebrates after scoring his former club Mandatory Credit Inpho / Stephen Hamilton
First: Larnes Kofi Balmer heads the first goal of the new Danske Bank Premiership season
Two Goals in the last three minutes for Larne sealed victory in an opening bang when Tiernan Lynch’s men beat Coleraine 4-2.
In a game that went up and down, it was former bansider Ben Doherty , who showed up two minutes from time to give Larne the lead in the 88th minute before Sub Lee Lynch secured the points in added time.
Previously, Kofi Balmer scored the goal in the first half, only Coleraine turned the game upside down with a goal from Aaron Traynor and Matthew Shevlin.
The guests’ first opportunity came when Conor McKendry quickly scored against his former team.
The tiny winger had a try from 25 yards, but his shot drifted a few yards.
Larne himself threatened five minutes later when defender Cian Bolger, who was signed by Northampton in the summer, headed just over the crossbar after a Doherty corner.
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The best chance of the opening exchange came with 15 minutes on the clock. Jamie Glackin did well to knock Jeff Hughes to the ball in midfield and ran right into Larne’s defense before shoving the ball over to Traynor on his left.
Traynor’s cross was six meters away from Shevlin but goalkeeper Rohan Ferguson made up to fend off the striker.
The game’s opening goal came in the 32nd minute, but not before a stunning save from Coleraine goalkeeper Gareth Deane.
Doherty dug a cross on the right flank which was hit by a header from Mark Randall and his header in the top corner was somehow blocked by Deane.
From the resulting corner, however, Doherty’s spot-on cross was hit by Balmer’s head to score the first goal of the season – just like last season at Ballymena.
Larne had a great opportunity to double his lead early in the second half, with Deane producing the goods again.
This time, the former Linfield stopper went deep to his right after Randall dug a low shot.
It was going to be expensive as Coleraine equalized after 51 minutes. A good move on the right led Lyndon Kane to cross his opposing full-back Traynor to level.
Just before the lesson there was a blaze in front of both benches. McDaid was booked for a late mid-line challenge, with the ensuing rioting resulted in Winkie Murphy and Tim McCann being expelled from both bench seats.
It was the Coleraine fans who celebrated next as they took the lead in the 68th minute. McKendry’s free kick from the left was hit by Shevlin at the back post and his header had enough power to beat Ferguson and go over the bar.
The lead only lasted four minutes. A corner at the far end was only partially cleared until Bolger crossed to Hughes and the captain headed over to help McDaid equalize.
From then on, it was the home side who pushed for victory and that is exactly what they did.
Dean Jarvis stormed over the left side and his cross was half cleared on the edge of the box to Doherty. He had the presence of mind to take a touch and shoot past a helpless Dean into the lower right corner.
Two minutes later, he showed the same composure to help substitute Lee Lynch break the offside trap and clear the midfielder. The former Sligo Rovers man kept a cool head to hit the onrushing Deane.
Larne: Ferguson, Balmer, Herron, Nasseri (Lynch 81), Randall (Mitchell 90), McDaid (Lusty 90), Doherty, Bolger (Watson 83), Cosgrove, Hughes, Jarvis.
Coleraine: Deane, Kane, Brown, Jarvis, McKendry, Lowry, Tweed (Friel 89), O’Donnell, Glackin, Traynor (Bradley 88), Shevlin (McLaughlin 78).
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