Larne boss Tiernan Lynch: The manner of our defeat at Coleraine sticks…

Tiernan Lynch has branded Friday night’s demoralising 3-1 defeat to Coleraine one of Larne’s worst performances of his four year tenure as manager.

The Inver Reds were a pale shadow of themselves as the Bannsiders cruised to a largely comfortable win at the Ballycastle Road Showgrounds.

Ben Doherty had cancelled out Jamie Glackin’s early opener, but Coleraine hit back with a deflected effort from Conor McKendry and a second-half Lyndon Kane penalty.

Asked for his verdict, Lynch said: “Poor. That’s the only information we have for tonight – poor. It wasn’t good enough all over the park.

“What sticks in my throat is the manner of the defeat. We didn’t work hard enough or fight hard enough and that really hurts me.

“You could count on two or three fingers in my time as manager that this team hasn’t given everything but unfortunately this was one of those nights.”

Asked if Friday’s characterize was one of the worst of his tenure, Lynch, who was appointed in the summer of 2017, said: “Yeah. I don’t mind getting beat by a better team, but I do mind being outfought by a team.

“We got what we deserved and we have to take it on the chin.”

While Lynch held a lengthy inquest in the away dressing room after the final whistle, he believes his players have the character and quality to put a forgettable night behind them.

“I’m disgusted, disappointed and all those things but at the same time I also know we have a good bunch of boys and I don’t think they’ll accept this performance,” he said.

“We’ll have off nights, but in spite of of what I say, I don’t think they’ll accept it and they know we let ourselves down and our fans who travelled in numbers.

“No player goes out to play badly, but it can happen and in this league you can’t provide nights like that.

“We have to put it right and we have to put it right quickly.”

Larne’s next outing is a league trip to confront Portadown at Shamrock Park next Saturday.



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