Carniny drew Larne in the Cup and travelled down to play them for the 4th time this season. With the previous encounters proving unsuccessful they knew they would have to perform to get a result. Carniny controlled the opening 10 mins without creating many clear cut chances. Larne were restricted to long shots. It was a routine long shot that skidded off the 3G and ricocheted off Luke Elliott’s knee and fell kindly for the Larne striker to tap home. The hard working Joel Aitcheson was helping to control the midfield and Matthew Millar was back on form showing off some sublime touch. With 20mins gone Carniny freshened things up with Noah Scullion and Wyatt Lorimer making his debut.
With Isaac Wylie stretching the Larne defence there was always a chance but the half ended 1-0.
The second half started evenly until Wylie skipped down the wing and lifted his head to spot Lorimer. He coolly dragged the ball back to evade the defenders challenge and passed the ball into the bottom corner to equalise. The game got frenetic with both teams looking a winner and only the stout defending of Daniel Hayburn and safe hands of Elliott kept things level. With 4 mins to go Aitcheson went on a storming run which took him past two men and squared to Wylie. His shot went in off the post for 2-1. Larne pushed but couldn’t respond with a goalbefore the final whistle.
A good cup win and great to see the work rate from the boys after last week. Hopefully they can start believing in their ability the same as the coaches and parents believe.