Larne end 33-year trophy famine by beating Glens in Shield shoot-out

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Larne skipper Jeff Hughes lifts County Antrim Shield.

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Larne have won their first senior trophy since 1987 by beating Glentoran 4-3 on penalties to lift the Toals County Antrim Shield.

Wednesday night's final at Seaview ended scoreless after a bruising battle in blustery conditions on the Shore Road.

Glens boss Mick McDermott had threatened to withdraw over arrangements for the match and made eight changes to the team that had beaten Dungannon 5-1 last Saturday.

There was little between the sides in the final and few clear-cut chances.

In the closing stages, Glens players made strong appeals for a penalty after a handball by Inver defender Albert Watson. It was right in front of referee Keith Kennedy, but he waved away the protests. 

The game eventually ended scoreless and went straight to a shoot-out with no extra-time. 

Larne keeper Conor Devlin saved two Glens spot-kicks before skipper Jeff Hughes hit the winner, sparking scenes of celebrations as the 33-year trophy famine ended.

In the Danske Bank Women's Premiership, Cliftonville had a 6-0 win at Derry City.

Finally, Andrew Johnston has resigned as managing director of the Northern Ireland Football League after seven years.

He's moving next month to a new job with his former employers, the Irish FA.

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