After a battle within the Gibraltar warmth, Larne boss Tiernan Lynch was happy to see his facet convey the Europa Convention League qualification tie with St Joseph’s again to Inver Park with all to play for.
Despite a night kick-off on the Victoria Stadium, the temperatures registered within the mid-to-high 20s.
It led to a recreation of few alternatives — nearly all of which fell to Lynch’s facet — with the second leg nonetheless to come back at Inver Park subsequent Thursday.
Lynch was proud of what he noticed within the 0-0 stalemate.
“It in all probability didn’t look as tough because it was on the market,” he stated.
“The sport was performed in very heat situations, it was humid and the pitch was fairly dry so I’m delighted with the work that went into it from the gamers.
“We have been coming into the unknown a bit of bit and needed to handle the situations too. We didn’t know loads about St Joseph’s however we’ve seen them now and might do extra homework on them.
“Was this the efficiency we’ll search for at dwelling? Completely not, however we did what we would have liked to on this first leg and I’m very happy with our boys.”
A beautiful tie towards Slavia Prague awaits the winner within the second qualifying spherical, however Lynch is aware of the job isn’t carried out.
Goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons was known as into motion to disclaim Larne the opener on 24 minutes.
Mark Randall swung in a nook from the best and it was met by the pinnacle of Jeff Hughes 10 yards out, however the Englishman reacted rapidly to show it over.
There have been acquainted faces within the crowd, with the Crusaders squad watching on having arrived earlier within the day for tomorrow’s tie with Bruno’s Magpies on the identical venue.
They nearly noticed Larne break the impasse on 47 minutes, with Leroy Millar coming shut with a header.
Larne survived a penalty shout on 68 minutes, with the Greek referee waving away appeals.
The Invermen continued to look a menace from set-pieces, as defender Cian Bolger twice went shut.
The house facet had the most effective likelihood of the second half when substitute Christian Anzar discovered house contained in the Larne field, however a mixture of Kofi Balmer and goalkeeper Rohan Ferguson rescued the scenario.
St Joseph’s: Fitzsimons, Valarino (Ok Robba 57), Bautista (Pecci 85), Caballero (Yussuf 57), Boro (Antwi 77), Olmos, Peters, Villar, Pons, Juanma, Ferrer (Aznar 57).
Subs not used: J Robba, Serra, Rosa, Barnett, Mouelhi,
Larne: Ferguson, Cosgrove, Balmer, Bolger, Hughes, Kelly (Doherty 67), Millar, Randall, Gordon, Kearns (Lusty 67), Bonis
Subs not used: McIntyre, Greer, Aretzis, Donnelly, Sule, Herron, Sloan, Scott
Referee: Ioannis Papadopoulos (Greece)