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Larne will 'embrace and enjoy' the ride insists Tiernan Lynch

Tiernan Lynch says Larne will "embrace and enjoy" the big games as they get set to visit Glentoran this evening.

The Invermen sit proudly at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership thanks to their unbeaten start to the season.

You have to go back to the start of September for the last time they dropped points in the league - a 1-1 draw away at Crusaders.

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Last Saturday they went to reigning champions Linfield and came away with another three points - their sixth on the spin - thanks to an impressive performance running out 4-2 winners on the day.

They came through that test with flying colours but face another huge challenge tonight against the Glens, who lie one point behind them in the league.

Lynch though says Larne can only focus on themselves and what they can control.

"When you talk to people like David Healy, Mick McDermott and Stephen Baxter, who are people who have had teams which get to the latter stages of competitions and challenge in title races, they all say these are the games you have to enjoy," he said.

"You have to try and enjoy them and embrace it.

"If you go out and worry about outcomes and results you might as well not go out on to the pitch.

"All you can do is go out and control what you can control.

"That's giving 100% and hopefully your performance gives it the justice it deserves."

While others may now be pointing to Larne as genuine title contenders Lynch is determined to keep his players grounded.

"The Linfield win was just a normal three points," he said.

"Others will put in headlines but for us it doesn't take us any higher up the league or any lower down's three points.

"Linfield know all about that as they have been doing it for years - three points, three points, three points.

"That's the same for us and nothing will change after that result.

"This is probably the third team we have built during our time here at Larne.

"There have been a lot of learning curves over the last couple of seasons and things we needed to change.

"I think that's the good thing about this team at the moment.

"Lee Bonis went through a bit of a dry period but his work ethic didn't change.

"He was still getting into good positions and was harrying and hustling.

"He just wasn't getting the bounce of the ball, but thankfully over the last few weeks that has changed for him.

"The big thing for this team as well is they're starting to show the football they can play.

"I think the longer they are together you'll start to see more and more of that."


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