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Mayor leads congratulations to Larne FC following County Antrim Shield win

The Invermen claimed the trophy following a 4-3 penalty shootout after the game finished 0-0. (Pic courtesy of Press Eye)

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim has led a host of tributes to Larne Football Club following their win over Glentoran to lift the County Antrim Shield.

It marked Larne FC’s first senior trophy in 33 years - with their previous back in 1987 when they won the Ulster Cup.

The Invermen claimed the trophy following a 4-3 penalty shootout after the game finished 0-0.

Mayor Councillor Peter Johnston said: “What a fantastic achievement this win is for Larne Football Club and a night that they will remember for a very long time.

“The team's hard work has paid off with this victory and the success will help to contribute a significant and lasting impact in Larne and the wider borough.

“The club is an inspiration to so many young people and we are proud to celebrate this victory with them today.”

Chief Executive of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Anne Donaghy OBE, added: “I am delighted to congratulate the team and all involved with Larne FC on this momentous win.

“When Kenny Bruce MBE purchased Larne FC in 2017, he promised that he would leave a legacy in town, vowing to do whatever it takes emotionally, financially and in terms of effort to help the club reach their full potential.

“That dream has been realised by taking home the County Antrim Shield to Inver Park. Well done again to all at Larne for the first of many trophies, and for putting our borough firmly on the map as a hotbed of local football.”

Not only is Larne FC showing success on the pitch but over the past year the first team players have also volunteered their time to support the efforts of local community groups by delivering food parcels to those affected by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Their contribution to the community was marked by the Mayor when he visited Inver Park and presented the team with a certificate of recognition for their work.

The club is also a key member of #MEAUnited – a body also consisting of Ballymena United and Carrick Rangers, which is lobbying for multi-million pound investment in our local sport stadia.

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