Everyone associated with Larne Football Club celebrated winning the first top-flight Irish League title in the team’s 134-year history last month and earning the right to compete in the UEFA Champions League qualifying first round.
Tiernan Lynch’s charges defeated Crusaders 2-0 on April 14 to claim the title, before being presented with the silverware in front of their home support on April 21.
Here, the Larne Times looks at the squad who made history and brought the Gibson Cup to Inver Park.
5. Irish League champions
Midfielder Fuad Sule arrived at Inver Park on loan in 2018 before the deal was made permanent in January 2019. Sule, who was born in Nigeria before moving to Dublin as a child, has established himself as a fans' favourite during his time in east Antrim. Photo: Contributed
6. Irish League champions
Midfielder Daniel Kearns made the move to east Antrim in 2022 from Clftonville. The Belfast-born player won the Irish Cup at Glenavon (2015/16), Irish League, League Cup and Co Antrim Shield at Linfield (2018/19) and the League Cup at Solitude (2021/22). Kearns was capped for both Northern Ireland U19 and the Republic of Ireland U19, U21 and U23 levels. Photo: Contributed
7. Irish League champions
Midfielder Mark Randall arrived at Larne in the summer of 2019, as the club were preparing to embark on their return to Premiership football. The former Arsenal youngster's late strike earned a memorable win at home to Pacos de Ferreira in August 2021. Photo: Contributed
8. Irish League champions
Forward Paul O’Neill arrived at Larne from Cliftonville for an undisclosed fee in July 2022. After making his breakthrough at Glentoran as a teenager, O’Neill became one of most promising young players in the top flight, winning the Young Footballer of the Year at the 2019/20 NI Football Awards. The former Northern Ireland U21 player made the switch to Cliftonville as part of the deal which took Conor McMenamin to The Oval in January 2021. Photo: Contributed