Match report – Lisburn Distillery 1 v Banbridge Town 0 28/04/18
28/04/18 – Premier Intermediate League
Lisburn Distillery 1 v Banbridge Town 0
Two games left and the Whites are still in with a chance of making the play-offs following a 1-0 victory over Banbridge Town on Saturday.
That goal came from Alan McMurtry on 54 minutes – it was a quality finish and the stand-out moment of an otherwise tight game.
The visitors did start off strongly, Conor Downey dragging a shot wide in the third minute. Another effort was also wide and Banbridge then missed a good opportunity from a corner before the Whites responded nine minutes in.
Aaron Harris fired wide, Steven Hislop volleyed over as then did Joe Reid from a free-kick as the home side came back into it. On 25 minutes Jonah Nicholl raced out to block Downey who then fired over four minutes later,
Score-less then at half-time but nine minutes after the re-start McMurtry raced through to get on the end of a superb diagonal pass. He outpaced a defender and as Banbridge keeper Gerard McErlean came out McMurtry had the ability to rifle the ball past him and inside the post, a skilful finish under pressure.
Neither side really created a stand-out chance after that and whilst Banbridge had plenty of possession they never really looked like breaching a solid Distillery back-four and those working hard in front of it. Four minutes from time Michael Allison did fire wide but that was the last chance for Banbridge to salvage a point.
The win takes the Whites up into third spot and Tuesday night sees another huge game at home to Queen’s University Belfast. It’s quite simple, Distillery have to win their last two games and Queen’s then have to be beaten by Dundela in their last game if the Whites are to make the play-off games. But then football is a simple game or is it?
Match report by David Hunter.
Lisburn Distillery line-up: Nicholl, Corry, Moore, Reid, A.Wright, Hislop, Harris (Workman 78), Withers (Clarke 61 mins), McMurtry, Ferguson, Beta.
Subs not used – Saunders, Young, McCaw.
David Hunter’s full picture gallery from this game can be found @ https://flic.kr/s/aHsmh6vkaP