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A disappointing day down at New Grosvenor Stadium saw Lisburn Distillery fall to
their second defeat in two weeks with a 2-
It was perhaps a sign of things to come as Moyola opened the scoring after just two minutes when winger Jason Paul got the better of his defender on the by line and sent in a low cross that Tony Galbraith could only push back into the path of the unmarked Daniel McIlhatton who was able to side foot into the net from the edge of the box.
Moyola looked to be away again just a couple of minutes later but for a perfectly timed challenge from skipper Stephen Curley to prevent the attack from developing further.
Once again Moyola came close on 25 minutes when Whites keeper Tony Galbraith was forced into a fantastic diving save from an Oran McAuley effort from 25 yards. The midfielder found himself free just outside the box and was able to take a touch before sending a low shot goal wards but Galbraith was equal to it.
Distillery did get into the game, however, and Nick Beta was a matter of inches away from equalising when he met Andrew Simpsons pinpoint cross but the striker’s effort went just over the bar.
There was some confusion just before the half time whistle when Moyola appeared to double their lead but Thomas McCann’s effort was eventually ruled out for offside after the referee consulted the lineman.
Moyola started the second half nearly as clinically as they started the first and
were close to adding their second of the game through Jason Paul straight from a
breakaway from a Distillery corner. Paul found himself charging towards Galbraith’s
goal but, under pressure from the back-
Distillery then immediately had a chance of their own when the hard working Paul Young won a free kick on the left hand side of the box. Jonny McCaw stepped up and whipped in a cross that just evaded the head of Alan McMurtry before bouncing back into play off the post and being cleared.
Next to go close through a free kick was Moyola Park. The free kick was awarded just to the right of centre, about 25 yards from goal, and Tiarnan Rafferty stepped up to send a curling effort towards the top left hand corner of the goal but Galbraith, again, pulled off a super finger tipped save to keep the home side in the tie.
Moyola Park did however manage to double their advantage on the 64th minute when a curled cross from Moyola full back Aaron Harris was met by McIlhatton who slotted the ball into the back of the net beyond Galbraith for his second of the game.
The Distillery management team made three changes just after the second goal with Stephen Hislop, Timmy Clarke and Jamie Peoples replacing Nick Beta, Darren Docherty and Andrew Simpson. Peoples in particular had an impact when he came on and forced Moyola keeper Marcion Farniok into not one, but two good saves within six minutes of coming on.
However, it was a matter of too little, too late for the home side who will be disappointed to have lost their second game in succession. All eyes will now turn to next weekend’s clash with Limavady United at New Grosvenor as a chance to bounce back from two difficult results.
Match report by Lydia Campbell
Lisburn Distillery team-
Galbraith, Docherty (Hislop 68 min), Curley, Croft, Douglas, Harris, McMurtry, Simpson (Peoples 74 min), McCaw, Beta (Clarke 68 min), Young
Subs not used-
Lisburn Distillery 0 v 2 Moyola Park
McIlhatton x 2
Saturday 18th February 2017 -