Match report – Dollingstown 4 Lisburn Distillery 0 10/01/23
Dollingstown v Lisburn Distillery (Lough 41 Premier Intermediate League) – Tuesday 10th January 2023
After two defeats on the bounce to start, 2023 Lisburn Distillery faced the second of three away games in a row on Tuesday night when we travelled to Planters Park to face Dollingstown.
There was just the one change to the side that lost to Limavady at the weekend, Jake Willis coming in for Stephen Wilson to make his full debut.
If the game plan was to try not to concede things could not have gotten off to a worse start for the Whites as they found themselves behind after just six minutes when the home side took the lead from a corner after a shot from outside the box was deflected behind. Ethan Carry could not claim the ball and pushed it downwards back into the box and Stephen Acheson fired home the rebound.
There were few talking points of note in the first half, Michael Gallagher shot off target at the end of a decent Distillery move and Pearse McVarnock had a shot on target from range but it was held by Gareth Buchanan.
At the other end former Distillery striker, Gary Liggett, got past Adam McCart but his final shot went wide and then in the final minute of first half normal time the same player had a golden chance to double the lead but seemed to fluff his effort and Carry got his hands to the loose ball.
So for the sixth game in a row Distillery went in at half time behind and needing a significant improvement after the break to come away with a result.
Half Time: Dollingstown 1-0 Lisburn Distillery
Distillery did have a brief rally at the start of the second half but it was Stephen Uprichard’s side who had the first sight of goal after the break, Jonathan Ewart scooping his shot over from a Liggett pass.
The second goal dud come for Dollingstown just before the hour mark and it was from the former Whites marksman, the ball was quickly returned into the box after a free kick was again only partially cleared away by Carry and Liggett had an easy finish at the back post.
Distillery made a number of changes throughout the game, starting in the first half, but these seemed to have little impact and soon after making it 2-0 Uprichard’s side made it three when Ewart easily made his way through the Whites defence to score past Carry.
Distillery did half a couple of efforts to reduce the deficit from substitutes Jourdan Shearer and Stephen Wilson but these were either off target or saved by Buchanan and in the second minute of added time things got even worse for Barry Johnston’s men when Ben Cullen added goal number four for the home side.
It is now three defeats and no goals scored in what has been a terrible start to the New Year for the team and more worryingly no wins of any kind since 8th October 2022.
Full Time: Dollingstown 4-0 Lisburn Distillery
Lisburn Distillery; Carry, Willis, Murray, O. McCart, A. McCart, Higginson, Lynch, Breen, Gallagher, McVarnock, Savage
Lisburn Distillery substitutes; Elliott, Swann (for Gallagher, 61 mins), Shearer (for Lynch, 29 mins), Patton (for Savage, 61 mins), Robinson (for Murray, 33 mins), Wilson (for McVarnock, 46 mins), Young
Report by Cameron Moore (@cameron2604)
Picture gallery from this game by David Hunter can be found @ https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjAo13u