Match report Tuesday 9th July Lisburn Distillery 1 v Belfast Celtic 0
Lisburn Distillery had the second game of their 2019/20 pre-season preparations last Tuesday night when they hosted Belfast Celtic, formerly Sport and Leisure Swifts, at New Grosvenor.
In terms of the team lineup, goalkeeper Jonah Nicholl and recent signing Andy Long both started the match having made substitute appearances in the previous match against Shankill United.
It was the visitors who came close to opening the scoring within the opening stages of the game when a header from a cross on the right rattled the crossbar and not long after that another headed effort from an opposition player dropped just wide of Nicholl’s right hand post. Celtic continued to apply pressure and if truth be told looked the better side in the first half but didn’t have many chances on goal after those early efforts and the game was goalless at the break.
The Whites had a golden chance to take the lead early in the second half when they were awarded a soft looking penalty. Midfielder James Wright stepped up but Celtic custodian Mark McKenna saved his spot kick down to his right and then recovered to save Wright’s rebounded effort, a fine double save from the visiting goalkeeper.
Paul Young was next to test the Celtic keeper with a lobbed effort from the edge of the area but a back peddling McKenna did well to push the ball over the bar.
The opening goal did eventually for Distillery when we were awarded a free kick on the right hand side, Timmy Clarke rifled the ball into the area and straight past the opposition goalkeeper into the back of the net.
Clarke’s goal would prove to be the only goal of the game, leaving the Whites with two wins from two. Next up is a visit to the Belfast Loughshore Hotel Arena to take on Premiership side Carrick Rangers on Tuesday night (16th July)
Report by Cameron Moore