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Steven Crawford

Leroy Millar at the double as Larne move back to top of the league

Larne roared back to the top of the Irish Premiership as they swept aside Glenavon at Inver Park.

A first half double from Leroy Millar and a late third from Lee Bonis sealed the deserved win for Tiernan Lynch's men, which saw them leapfrog Cliftonville at the summit.

The visitors started on the front foot as an unmarked Calum Birney headed over from the first corner of the game.

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But the defender found himself in referee Shane Andrews' notebook soon after for a tackle on Fuad Sule.

There was a melee following the challenge with Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton also picking up a yellow in the aftermath.

The home side were spurred on though and broke the deadlock in the 14th minute as Andrew Ryan played in Millar, who produced a composed finish past Rory Brown.

The big stopper did well on 20 minutes to deny Ryan at the near post after Bonis had sent him clear.

Bonis turned provider again on 41 minutes as another clever pass allowed Millar to emphatically double his and Larne's tally on the night.

Eoin Bradley was introduced by the visitors, who came close to reducing the deficit in somewhat fortunate circumstances on 54 minutes as Conor Kerr's cross-cum-shot cannoned off the bar with Rohan Ferguson beaten.

At the other end Brown saved well from Ryan after a swift break by the hosts.

To their credit Glenavon pushed hard to try and get back into the game but with 15 minutes to go their hopes were dashed.

A slide rule pass by Tomas Cosgrove sent Bonis clear and the striker produced a a low finish in off the post to seal the win.

Carrck Rangers are up to eighth in the table as Emmett McGuckin's double secured a 2-0 win at Newry City.


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