Match report – 04/05/2018 – Moyola Park 0 v Lisburn Distillery 2
04/05/18 – Premier Intermediate League
Moyola Park 0 v Lisburn Distillery 2
With only pride to play for this end of season “dead rubber” of a match this game saw few premium chances of note with the spectators present having instead to rely on a diet of half chances from the likes of Ferguson and Curley for Distillery and Harris and Agnew for Moyola Park.
It was no surprise then when the game eventually petered to a goalless half time with neither side threatening to end the season on a high although the fears that the entire game would follow this dull first half were certainly eased in the second half.
The Whites came out for the second period of play much the brighter and eventually got their reward on 73 minutes when, following a poorly defended corner, skipper Stephen Curley found himself free at the back post with his attempted cross come shot falling kindly to the feet of leading marksman Matthew Ferguson. With 22 goals already to his credit before going into this game the deadly marksman certainly wasn’t going to miss from four yards out and he duly tucked the ball home to give the visitors a deserved lead.
Moyola battled back but the Distillery defence were seldom troubled although Stephen Greer did see an effort saved by visiting ‘keeper Jonah Nicholl who shortly after produced a great save to deny a cracking effort from David Paul.
Whites midfielder Alan McMurtry then beat the offside trap and found himself one on one with Moyola ‘keeper Farniok but despite the lively midfielder striking the ball perfectly from just inside the penalty area the home keeper pulled off a great block to prevent the Whites adding a second goal. McMurtry however wasn’t to be denied and on 85 minutes he scored to make it 2-0 to Distillery and not just any goal, this one was truly spectacular and one worthy of a mention in any Goal of the season awards. The ball had fallen to McMurtry literally just inside Moyola’s half, he took a quick look up to see Farniok off his line and from inside the centre circle no less he powered a shot home over a distance of some 50 yards out right over the top of the despairing keepers head and into the net. Such audacity, such vision, such a strike and one which will be long talked about in future discussions about superb strikes for the club.
A wonderful way then for the Whites to finish the season, three more points which saw them end the season with 48 points, and a goal worthy of gracing any field of play.
The next season doesn’t start again until August but with heads held high as they left the field of play to the sound of applause after this one Distillery can’t wait to get going again.
Report by Colin Hopkins
LDFC Team: Nicholl, Corry, Moore, Curley, Wright, McMurtry, Harris, Workman, Clarke, Ferguson, Young
subs Saunders, Reid (for Moore), Beta (for Young), Wharry (for Wright), Hislop
David Hunter’s full picture gallery from the game can be found on Flickr @ https://flic.kr/s/aHsmbsaYhq