Larne beat a Rangers XI as more than 2,000 pack in for official unveiling of new-look Inver Park

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Larne FC’s revamped Inver Park home was officially opened on Wednesday night ahead of a glamour friendly between the club and Scottish giants Rangers.

Larne beat a Rangers XI 2-1 in front of more than 2,000 people.

Earlier this year, Larne FC completed the purchase of the ground from Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

Since then the club has invested heavily in Inver Park, including the installation of a new 4g playing surface.

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Pictured at the official opening in Larne.

On Wednesday evening, Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Lindsay Millar, and council Chief Executive, Anne Donaghy, were invited to cut the ribbon and officially reveal the new main stand.

Councillors Gregg McKeen and Paul Reid pictured with Kenny Bruce.

The Mayor said: “The sale of Inver Park has proved hugely successful and the right move for both Larne FC, and Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

“Kenny Bruce set out ambitious plans for the ground and a fantastic vision for the future of Larne FC and the local community.

“He has delivered all that he promised – and more – and it is brilliant to see the Larne people fall back in love with their team.

“Inver Park is a hub of sporting activity and has is widely used and enjoyed by the people of Larne. The club has been part of the fabric of the town for generations and will be for many more thanks to the commitment of Mr Bruce and everybody at Larne FC.”

Chief Executive of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Anne Donaghy, said: “We have worked extremely closely with Mr Bruce and his team and I have been hugely impressed by his vision and ambition for Larne Football Club.

“What Mr Bruce and those connected with the club have done for football in Larne and across the borough already has been nothing short of phenomenal. There is a great buzz around the whole area, with fans uniting behind the team as it continues to make headlines and capture the imagination.”

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