Match report Armagh City 2 v Lisburn Distillery 1
Armagh City 2 v Lisburn Distillery 1
Bluefin Premier Intermediate League
Distillery went into this game looking to continue their impressive start to the Bluefin Premier League season after defeating Dollingstown last Saturday in the opening game of their league campaign. However, it wasn’t to be as they lost 2-1 to Armagh City, away to Holm Park.
Distillery had made a promising start to the game as the ball fell to O’Hanlon, on the edge of the Armagh box in the opening minutes of the game however hopes of an early breakthrough weren’t to be as he struck the ball first time but it went straight towards the keeper who dealt with it well.
New signing, Kevin Braniff, almost added to his goal tally for the season as he picked the ball up on the edge of Armagh’s box in the 6th minute of the game and looked like he was set to shoot, but opted instead to slide the ball through to Daire Rooney but on this occasion the ball stuck under his feet, which allowed time for the defender to dispossess him and the chance went astray.
Braniff was involved in another chance for the Whites in the 13th minute as he picked the ball up, on the edge of the Armagh box, with his back to goal and turned with pace, losing his defender and back heeled the ball in to the path of O’Hanlon, no joy however again as his shot was straight at the keeper.
This missed opportunity proved costly for Distillery, who conceded in the 20th minute, through a goal which started with Luke Ferguson, who played a ball through the air down the right wing. Whites defender Stephen Curley tried to intercept but instead headed the ball into the path of Andrew Wilson who delivered a cross for Conor Mullen who dove to head the ball in to the back of the net to make it one nil.
The shell shocked Whites fought to get back into the game and almost levelled in the 26th minute from a free kick, just outside the box, which Braniff curled towards the top left corner causing the keeper to dive to get his hand to it, padding the ball out for a corner, which came to nothing.
The Whites came out for the second half looking determined to grab a goal back against Armagh, coming close to scoring again in the 67th minute as Braniff delivered a corner towards the back post were O’Hanlon was waiting to volley goalward, unfortunately, his shot was once straight at the keeper who padded it out for another corner.
Armagh were able to double the score line in the 78th minute through Sean Mallon who was unmarked, as he ran towards the back post, allowing him to head home to the keeper’s right, from a cross into the box from the right wing.
Distillery were able to get a goal back in the 82nd minute as substitute Richard Nesbitt ran on to a lofted through ball by Timmy Clarke, which floated over the Armagh defence and forced goalkeeper, Daniel Devine, to come rushing off his line in an attempt to intercept Clarke’s ball, however, it was Nesbitt got to the ball first and headed it over the oncoming keeper to reduce the deficit.
However, it was too little, too late for Distillery who could have conceded a third goal in the 84th minute as Andrew Wilson rattled the post from outside the box
A disappointing result then for the Whites who next face Bloomfield next Saturday in round three of the Steel and Sons Cup. They will be looking for a better result to lift their spirits for when the league action returns the week after for Distillery’s first home game in the league against Portstewart, who are currently sitting second in the standings.
Report by Jonny MIllar
David Hunter’s full picture gallery from this game can be found on our Flickr page @ https://flic.kr/s/aHsmGQbYRK
Team Line-up: Nicholl, Byrne, Clarke, Long, Curley, Getty, O’Hanlon, Harris (C), D. Rooney, Braniff, Young.
Substitutions: Wright (for Long), McCaw, Moore (for Curley), Beta, Nesbitt (for Young)