Lisburn Distillery 2 v Armagh City 2 (09/02/19) – Match Report
09/02/19 – Bluefin Sport Premier Intermediate League
Lisburn Distillery 2 vs. Armagh City 2
After a pretty balanced opening to the game Armagh had a great chance to open the score line on 15 minutes as Barry Moore brought down Ryan Corrigan in the box giving away a penalty. Up stepped the normally reliable Shea Campbell but on this occasion his spot kick was superbly saved by home ‘keeper Jonah Nicholl, who guessed the right way and palmed the ball out for a corner.
Distillery themselves then came close to breaking the deadlock soon after, coming close to scoring in the 20th minute as Curley’s volleyed effort, was saved by the foot of the keeper and cleared out of danger by the Armagh defence.
Armagh then went on their own attack, led by again by the ever youthful Campbell, who ran down the right wing and into the box before going one on one with Nicholl. Once again Nicholl came out on top as he closed down the space between him and the striker, forcing Campbell to direct his shot straight at him and the chance was gone.
In a flowing game Distillery then got their chance to go one on one as a ball was played over the top for young forward Matthew Swann to run on to behind Armagh’s defensive line – Swann brought the ball down and had time to compose himself for the finish, but on this occasion he rushed his effort and in trying to chip the keeper put the ball wide of the net.
The deadlock was finally in the third minute of added time at the end of the first half as Distillery’s Conor Curran found himself with space on the left wing before delivering a great cross which found recent signing Daire Rooney and the debutant made no mistake powering a thumping header past the Armagh keeper.
Distillery’s joy however was short lived as before the half time whistle could be sounded the match was level once again as Armagh went down the other end a minute later and found themselves being awarded a second penalty following an infringement in the box. Campbell was able to make up for his earlier miss by converting the penalty literally just seconds just before the half came to a close.
Two penalties in the first half then and a third followed shortly after the recommencement of play in the second half as Rooney was brought down in the box. Up stepped James Wright to get his name on the goal sheet, converting the penalty, to put Distillery in front for the second time in the game.
Armagh fought back hitting the wood work but their game seemed to be over when on 56 minutes they were reduced to ten men with Sean Mallon being given his marching orders by the referee.
The Whites confidence would have been high at this point but this was soon dented again when yet another penalty was awarded to the visitors this time for a foul by home keeper Nicholl. Campbell stepped up again, scored, and it was 2-2 with less than 30 minutes to play.
Despite the man advantage the Whites were unable to make it count and once again had to settle for a draw in a game which they really should have been won
Team for Distillery: Nicholl, S Moore, B Moore, Doyle, Curley, Harris, McCaw, Curran, Wright, Rooney, Swann
Subs: Saunders, Clarke, Withers (for Rooney), Young (for Swann), Beta (for Swann)
Report by Johnny Millar – David Hunter’s full picture gallery from the game can be found at https://flic.kr/s/aHskNumeBe