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Kris Pike (OG) ( 6)
Matthew Burrows (--)
Mark Magennis (32)


Alastair Wilson (--)
James McIlhagga (--)
David Wright (34)


David Wright celebrates his opening goal for Lisburn Distillery against HW Welders with Ally Wilson (Picture copyright David Hunter)


LISBURN Distillery recovered from a two-goal deficit to earn a share of the spoils from this visit to Tillysburn Park.

The Welders moved in front after just six minutes when unfortunate Whites defender Kris Pike deflected a Ryan Deans low shot past his own 'keeper.

It was 2-0 on 32 minutes courtesy of a stunning Mark Magennis free-kick into the top corner.

However, the visitors pulled a goal back almost immediately through a David Wright volley from a Ben Browne cross.

And the Whites were given a further boost soon after when Welders midfielder Stuart Beattie was shown a straight red card for foul play.

But the Welders increased their lead courtesy of a Matthew Burrows drive after the former Glentoran man created space for himself in the area.

The remarkable first half continued apace with David Wright reducing the arrears for Distillery moments later after connecting with a Pike ball.

Then, right before the break, James McIlhagga made it 3-3 with a superb strike.

It was perhaps no surprise the game quietened down somewhat in the second half although both sides did have their moments.

Chris Kingsberry teed McIlhagga up for a long range effort which crept overwhile Sean Southam was closed down in the area as he prepared to shoot.

The Welders might have sneaked the points with eight minutes remaining after Burrows produced a great reaction save from 'keeper Robert Robinson.