Larne stretch lead at top with win over Ballymena

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Andy RyanGoalscorer Ryan signed for league leaders Larne in January

Larne stretched their lead at the top of the Irish Premiership table to nine points with a comfortable 1-0 home win over Ballymena United.

A close-range Andy Ryan goal on the stroke of half time was enough to seal victory for Tiernan Lynch's men at Inver Park.

They missed a series of chances before taking the lead, with out-of-form Ballymena rarely threatening at all.

Sky Blues goalkeeper Jordan Williamson was sent off in the dying seconds.

He had come up for an attacking free-kick and was then shown a red card for bringing down Mark Randall close to the halfway line as the hosts launched a counter-attack.

Larne have now played a game more than all their title challengers. Second-placed Cliftonville will aim to reduce the points difference back down to six when they host Dungannon Swifts on Saturday afternoon while champions Linfield, a point further back in third, are at home to Newry City.

After Saturday's fixtures, all sides will have one game remaining before the Premiership flight splits into a top and bottom section for the remaining five matches of the 2022-23 season.

More to follow.

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