27/03/18 Dundela 2 v Lisburn Distillery 2 Match report
27th March 2018 Dundela 2 v Lisburn Distillery 2
Lisburn Distillery played out a thrilling 2-2 draw against Premier Intermediate league leaders Dundela at Wilgar Park on Tuesday evening.
Dundela started the game the better of the sides and were inches away from taking the lead on three minutes when Jay Magee lashed a free kick from 25 yards out over the Lisburn Distillery crossbar.
However the home side did take an early lead as on eight minutes when the league’s top scorer Jordan Hughes grabbed his 19th of the campaign when he took advantage of a poor clearance from Whites keeper Jonah Nicholl before finding the top corner of the net with a looping strike from 30 yards.
Nicholl was then on hand to come to Distillery’s rescue on 14 minutes as the dangerous Hughes cross evaded the Whites defence before finding its way to the feet of Carl McComb but his strike from point-blank range was parried away from danger by the young stopper.
The visitor’s first chance fell on 21 minutes when James Wright played a defence splitting pass into Aaron Harris fresh from scoring the first goal in Fridays 2-1 victory over Armagh City but he didn’t take his opportunity on this occasion as he sliced his effort into the hands of Duns keeper Jonathan Sergeant.
In a frantic end to end game Nicholl was called upon once again as he denied McComb when he latched onto a cross from Karl Devine but his effort was tipped away by the keeper before Alan McMurty swept up the danger as Hughes was lurking with intent.
The Whites were then dealt an early injury blow as Wright limped out of action being replaced by Mikey Withers on 27 minutes as Colin Mcilwaine and George O’Boyle shuffled the pack.
It was the pace of Withers that injected life into Distillery’s play as within a minute of his introduction he found Stephen Hislop before he thumped his strike over the crossbar from just outside the penalty area.
Two minutes later it took a great save from Sergeant to ensure the Whites weren’t back on level terms when Withers swung in a dangerous cross the ball finding only the head of Duns defender Ben Murdock before his attempt to head the ball behind for a corner nearly resulted in an own goal the keeper getting down swiftly to his left to palm the ball away.
Sergeant then had to be alert two minutes later as Matthew Ferguson played a wonderful pass into the feet of Jonathan McCaw but before he could get a shot away on goal the keeper was out to smother the loose ball as the Whites knocked on the Duns door.
Dundela who are five points clear at the top of the league were inches away from doubling their advantage in the final talking point of the first half when former Distillery midfielder Ben Browne saw his free kick tipped away thanks to the superb reactions of Nicholl.
Five minutes into the second half and Distillery were level thanks to a stunning strike from McCaw who has gained somewhat of a habit of shocking the opposition as he hit a sweet strike from range into the net leaving Sergeant only a bystander.
However the Whites weren’t level for long as Murdock restored the home sides lead on 54 minutes after Distillery failed to deal with a swirling free kick from Daniel Burns the ball falling kindly to the feet of the captain before he drilled his shot low into the net.
It was nearly three for Russel Bowers’s side a minute later as Nicholl made yet another good save when he tipped away another effort from Glentoran legend Magee as the experienced defender let fly from range.
However the Whites then broke up field immediately with Withers before he crossed perfectly for Ferguson but he could only cushion his header over the top when he should have hit the target.
Distillery were then back on level terms on 58 minutes as the impressive Withers met a cross from the right perfectly before thumping a diving header into the net despite Sergeant getting a touch to the ball on its way past him.
Ferguson could have put the Whites ahead in the next chance of note on 71 minutes when the former Dundela front man was played in by Timmy Clarke but his effort cracked off the post and bounced away to safety for Dundela
As the game died down it was the leaders who had the final chance to claim all three points when Burns hit a sweet strike from an acute angle the ball fizzed just over the top of the bar as the Whites become the only team the Duns have failed to beat all season.
Report by Josh Bunting
Lisburn Distillery Line up: Nicholl, McMurtry, Clarke, Reid, Moore, Hislop, J.Wright, Harris, Young, McCaw, Ferguson
Subs: Saunders, Curley, A.Wright, Beta (for McCaw), Withers (for J.Wright)
David Hunter’s picture gallery from the above game can be found @ https://flic.kr/s/aHsmhPB7kv