Annagh Utd 3 Lisburn Distillery 1 Match report
07/10/17 Bluefin Premier Intermediate League
Annagh United 3 v Lisburn Distillery 1
A disappointing loss for the Whites which takes them off the top of the table, dropping them down to third.
The game could have ended differently however, the Whites came close to scoring in the 24th minute as Distillery ‘keeper Jonah Nicholls ball over the top was misjudged by the Annagh fullback and bounced over his head falling to the feet of Young who drew his defender in to the middle of the box before leaving space for the ball in to Beta whose shot hit the post when it really should have made the net bulge.
The first goal of the game came in the first minute of the second half as Distillery were caught napping, the Annagh left winger was allowed to run the ball down the line and deliver a cross into the box which fell to the feet of an unmarked Cowan who took his time to place it past Nicholl.
However, it didn’t take the Whites long to get one back as they were rewarded a penalty on the 60th minute, which was duly converted by McMurtry, who placed the ball in the bottom right corner as the keeper dived the other way.
Distillery had a chance to go 2-1 up just a minute later as Workman outpaced Annagh’s fullback on the right wing and played a driven cross along the ground through the six yard box, which fell perfectly to Young who only needed to tap it for it to be a goal, however, he seemed to get the ball caught under his feet and he fell over it, allowing it to be cleared away.
Annagh then went two one up through a Joe Reid own goal in the 77th minute, as Reid was running back to give support, his tackle on Campbell forced the ball passed Nicholl, who could do nothing about it.
Annagh then secured their victory through Eagle as they broke on the counter attack after a Distillery corner was cleared out to Campbell who did well to beat the last man and ran through in to the Whites box forcing Nicholl to come to close it down, before squaring the ball to Eagle, who tapped it in to the open net.
Distillery face Donegal Celtic next week, a must win game were the Whites will need a big improvement in their performance against Annagh in which defender Stephen Curly believes “wasn’t good enough from the first eleven and the three subs which came on”.
Team Lineup: Nicholl, McMurtry, Douglas (yellow card), Reid, Clarke, Harris, Hislop, Workman, Young, Ferguson, Beta.
Substitutions: Saunders, McCaw (on for Workman), Simpson (for Clarke) , Curly (for McMurtry), Toolan.
Match report by Johnny Millar
David Hunter’s full picture gallery from the game can be found on our official Flickr page @ https://flic.kr/s/aHsm6KENH8