Match report – Lisburn Distillery 2 v Banbridge Town 5
16/09/17 Bluefin Premier Intermediate league
Lisburn Distillery 2 v Banbridge Town 5
Lisburn Distillery suffered their first loss in the Bluefin Premier Intermediate League against Banbridge Town, in a game full of goals, which promised to entertain from the first whistle.
It was the Whites who opened the deadlock scoring the first goal on the 3rd minute, as McMurtry played the ball down the wing for Young whose cross picked out the head of Ferguson who opened his goal tally for the game.
However, not long after, Banbridge equalised as Taggart’s shot forced Nicholl to parry the ball into the path of Moffett who slotted home on the 14th minute.
The game seemed to be even up until the 20th minute when the referee awarded a penalty to Banbridge and gave Wharry a straight red card for a push in the back, giving Moffett his second goal of the game as he confidently placed the penalty.
However, the game was equalled up two minutes later as the Whites were also awarded a penalty, which was converted by Ferguson for his second of the game.
Ferguson then had a chance to complete a hat-trick however he couldn’t convert from the spot on the 30th minute when his team were once again awarded a penalty which was saved my McErlean in the Banbridge net.
Despite being down to ten men Distillery came out for the second half looking strong and indeed they came close to scoring early on in the second through McCaw who struck from distance just over the bar.
The game then seen its fourth penalty in the 64th minute this time for Banbridge and like Ferguson, Moffett was unable to get his hat trick, missing the target on this occasion.
Unlike Distillery however, Banbridge kept their heads in the game and did not let certain decisions and missed opportunities affect them, they proved this by scoring in the 72nd minute through Clydesdale who tapped the ball in from just outside the 6 yard box despite strong protests for offside from the home defence.
McGrath got Banbridge’s fourth goal two minutes later from a similar situation, scoring from a few yards out.
Moffett was able to finish the game in the 84th minute by completing his hat trick, beating home ‘keeper Jonah Nicholl from outside the box to put the final nail in the coffin or the Whites.
At the end of the game Lisburn Distillery TV caught up with full back Alan McMurtry whose opinion on how the game went was similar to how the fans watching it felt, he thought that “again we started off really, really well” however, “the red card came in and killed us”.
However, McMurtry feels confident that their performance will improve away to Annagh United, he suggests that “we’ll go to Annagh the way we’ve been the first four games, the first four games have been outstanding”, “we’ll try and get the three points.”
Nicholl, McMurtry, Moore, Reid, Wharry (red card), Hislop, Harris (yellow card), McCaw, Young (yellow for Young), Clarke (yellow for Clarke), Ferguson.
Saunders, Douglas, Martin (Martin on for Harris), Workman, Beta (Beta on for Clarke).
Match report by Johnny Millar
David Hunter’s full photo album from the game can be viewed at the clubs official Flickr page @ https://flic.kr/s/aHsm8XDqQX