Lisburn Distillery 3 v Donegal Celtic 2 15/10/17 Match report
Bluefin Premier Intermediate League 14/10/17
Lisburn Distillery 3 v Donegal Celtic 2
Lisburn Distillery produced one of their greatest comebacks in recent years as they came back from two nil down with only 12 minutes left on the clock to defeat Donegal Celtic 3-2 a win which puts them into second place in the league, below Queens University but just by goal difference.
The first half saw Distillery producing the better football but unable to make a breakthrough and indeed it took till the 53rd minute for either team to break the deadlock. However it was to be the visitors who made that vital breakthrough as miscommunication in the heart of the Distillery defence box allowed Brent Ritchie to drift inside the penalty area before placing the ball calmly past Nicholl to put Celtic 1-0 up.
Things became worse then for the Whites as Donegal Celtic got their second goal on the 64th minute as McClory found himself in the middle of the park with acres of space, he had time to pick out the impressive Stephen O’Flynn who smashed it past home ‘keeper Nicholl at his near post from a tight angle to make it two.
The game seemed lost but following a change in personnel, the Whites dug deep, getting three goals in quick succession. The revival started on 78 minutes the first goal coming from substitute Andrew Simpson, in conjunction with William Wharry was able to make space for himself before powering in a header from a McMurtry free kick.
Tails were up, confidence restored and 7 minutes later the teams were level. The next goal for Distillery came in the 85th minute as goalkeeper, Nicholl played the ball over the top of the DC defence towards Ferguson who on the edge of the box, flicked the ball over the head of the defender with his right foot and then with his left, volleyed hard and low in to the bottom corner of the net; without doubt a goal for an early contender for goal of the season.
A point saved then for the hosts however they weren’t finished yet and on 93 minutes the win was secured as McMurtry’s driven cross from the right took a deflection off Donegal centre back, Wilson and went in past the keeper.
Scenes of sheer jubilation understandably followed with the Distillery faithful ecstatic at the reversal of fortunes.
Report by Johnny Millar
LDFC Team: Nicholl, McMurtry, Douglas, Reid, Wharry, Hislop, Harris, Clarke, Workman, McCaw, Young
Subs: Saunders, Ferguson (for Clarke), Simpson (for Harris), Corry (for Hislop), Moore
David Hunter’s full picture gallery from the game can be found on the clubs official Flickr page @ https://flic.kr/s/aHsm72qtcs