Lisburn Distillery 1 v Armagh City 2 Match Report
16/12/17 Lisburn Distillery 1 v Armagh City 2
Bluefin Premier Intermediate league
A poor result for Distillery and one which sees them drop to third in the Bluefin Premier Intermediate League, with Queens and Dundela now risging above them and both having a game on hand.
It was the Whites who opened the game more brightly and indeed came close to opening the score early on in the first half being awarded a corner in the 27th minute which was taken quickly by Clarke onto the feet of Harris who beat his man giving him space to get a cross in to the box towards the head of Ferguson who towered over the defence but his header was off target.
Armagh’s first goal came late in the first half through a defensive mistake from Joe Reid who liked as if he was going to prevent the attack by intercepting a through ball intended for Maciulaitis, however the ball bobbled over Reid’s foot releasing Maciulaitis through one on one with Nicholl and he was able to slot the ball home.
However, in the second half Distillery brought the game to Armagh through McMurtry who converted a penalty in the 50th minute after being taken down in the box by Courtney.
The Whites looked likely to get another goal which would have certainly sealed the deal, however, on the 87th minute, Distillery went down to ten men as Barry Moore received a straight red card much to the disbelief of the crowd.
The Whites continued to apply the pressure to Armagh late into injury time coming narrowly close to making it 2-1 countless times, including a free kick from Aaron Harris which missed the net by inches.
However, it was Armagh who came off the victors through substitute Ultan Lennon who headed home from a corner on the 5th minute of extra time.
As the final whistle sounded the Distillery players fell to their knees in despair but that particular sense of injustice will need to be removed sooner rather than later as next up after Christmas is a massive game away to Queens.
Match report by Johnny Millar
Team Line up : Nicholl, Moore (red card), Reid (yellow card), Wharry, McMurtry, Clarke, Hislop, Harris, McCaw, Young, Ferguson.
Substitutions: Saunders, Curly, Martin, Workman (on for McCaw), Beta (on for Young).
David Hunter’s full picture gallery from the game can be found on our official Flickr site @