Armagh City 1 v Lisburn Distillery 2 23/03/18 Match report
The Whites took a vital step in their quest to secure at least a top six finish with a good 2-1 victory at Holm Park over Armagh City on Friday night.
It was however the home side who started off well in the opening twenty minutes. Eight minutes in a right wing cross was met by Medas Machuilaitis but his header went downwards and up into the arms of Jonah Nicoll. That was then followed by a long range shot from Calo Lobo.
But after twenty minutes the Whites settled and began to put some moves together on the damp and fast 3G surface. On 27 minutes a long ball from Jonny McCaw was just beyond Paul Young but the Whites grew in confidence, stringing passes together and and keeping possession when it mattered.
On 41 minutes Matthew Ferguson sent the ball out wide left to Paul Young who darted forward before putting in a super cross that was met by Ferguson but Danny Devine in the home goal made a good save, pushing the header over.
But the Whites did go ahead on 45 + 3 minutes following a foul by Machuilaitis. McCaw took the free kick and Aaron Harris came in at the back post unmarked to head over and past Devine to make it 1-0 to the visitors – a good finish and a rare headed goal for the midfielder!
Into the second-half then and Armagh once again started off well with Andrew Wilson curling a short wide but on the hour-mark the Whites produced a superb piece of play to set up their second goal. Alan McMurtry broke down the right and fired in a great cross with pace which was put away by Ferguson whose glancing header flew into the corner of the goal.
Devine then produced a great save to turn McCaw’s goal-bound shot round the post on 64 minutes, and although Paudie Judge fired an angled shot over the visitor’s cross-bar on 70 minutes the Whites looked fairly safe.
However on 77 minutes a mistake at the back let in Judge who managed to beat the exposed Nicholl with a low ground shot.
That was a signal for a jittery 10 minutes or so for the Whites and whilst Armagh pushed men forward the Whites held firm for the remainder of the game and four minutes of additional time.
Match report by David Hunter
David Hunter’s full picture gallery from the game can be viewed @ Flickr
Lisburn Distillery – Nicholl, McMurtry, Clarke, Moore, Reid, Hislop (Withers 90+1), J.Wright, Harris, McCaw (Corry 85), Young, Ferguson. Subs not used – Saunders, Curley, Beta.