Match report 10/04/18 Lisburn Distillery 5 v Annagh United 1
10th April 2018 – Premier Intermediate League
Lisburn Distillery 5 v Annagh United 1
With both sides needing maximum points from this game for very different reasons it was expected before kick off that this encounter would be a tight affair however on the night it proved to be a one sided match with Lisburn Distillery blowing aside with ease the challenge from the league strugglers.
The Whites got into gear immediately from kick off creating early chances through Johnny McCaw, whose shot from distance went wide, and Matthew Ferguson who swivelled in the penalty area before seeing his effort deflected wide of the post.
On 13 minutes it took a superb double save from visiting ‘keeper Andrew Wright to prevent the opening goal as he reacted superbly firstly to keep out Ferguson and then immediately again thwarting Paul Young as he responded first to the keepers initial parry.
Distillery winger Mikey Withers was causing all sorts of problems for Annagh with his pace and when he powered down the wing and crossed a pinpoint cross to fellow forward Nick Beta on 26 minutes surely a goal was the only outcome? – but no, somehow once again visiting keeper Wright stuck out a leg to block from close range.
The breakthrough eventually came on 35 minutes when, following a push on the back on Young the Whites were awarded a penalty. Up stepped Alan McMurtry and the reliable penalty marksman made no mistake to give the hosts a deserved lead.
It was two goals in two minutes in the 37th minute when Withers again left the Annagh defence for dead before crossing a perfect cross into the danger zone where Ferguson lay in wait before firing the ball into the net.
Annagh’s first chance of the half fell to Craig Taylor on 40 minutes but his effort was parried by Whites ‘keeper Pat Saunders and then worse was to follow for the visitors when they were reduced to ten men as substitute Gareth Rees was shown a straight red following a stamping incident on McCaw.
The second half started much the same as the first with Distillery creating all of the chances on offer however Ferguson and Young both failed to convert decent efforts and when Annagh pulled a goal back following a well taken strike by Taylor, who had beaten the offside trap before slotting home past the advancing Saunders, on 63 minutes home fans were wondering if they would left to rue those missed chances.
They didn’t have to wait long to have their fears dispelled however as, within two minutes of the Annagh goal, the two goal cushion was restored as McCaw drove a truly superb thunderbolt of a strike from all of twenty yards out into the bottom corner of the visitors net.
Annagh’s heads dropped and three minutes later they were punished again, the time as the advancing Beta was bundled over in the penalty area by visiting ‘keeper Wright with the referee having no hesitation in pointing once again to the penalty spot. Up stepped up McMurtry again to fire home, this time into the top corner, for his second and the Whites fourth of the game.
At 4-1 up this game was effectively over however there was still another goal left in the Distillery tank as, on 82 minutes, Ferguson was on hand again to head home from a corner for his 19th goal of the season.
Full time then and the Whites would have been delighted not only with the final score line but also with the level of the performance shown. The gap between them and second placed Queens is now down to one point but for Annagh its back to the drawing board as they continue their fight against relegation.
Match report by Colin Hopkins
Lisburn Distillery team v Annagh: Saunders, McMurtry, Clarke, Moore, A.Wright, Harris, McCaw, Young, Withers, Ferguson, Beta
Subs: Nicholl, Curley, Workman (for Beta), Reid (for Wright), Corry (for Harris)
David Hunter’s full picture gallery from the game can be found on our Official Flickr page at