Alan McMurtry (54)

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Alan McMurtry (left) netted the vital goal in Distillery's win over Banbridge Town. (Picture © David Hunter).

McMURTRY WINNER KEEPS WHITES IN THE HUNT

Lisburn Distillery kept their hopes of making the promotion play-offs alive with this narrow defeat of Banbridge Town.

The Whites trail Queen's University by five points in the race for second spot but, crucially, host the Students on Tuesday night in a game that will decide who will face Dergview for a place in the Championship next season.

Scoreless at the break, Alan McMurtry grabbed what proved to be the winner nine minutes into the second half when he beat a Banbridge defender to the ball before showing great composure to fire past the advancing Gerard McErlean just inside the post.

Lisburn Distillery: Nicholl, Corry, Moore, A. Wright, Reid, Hislop, Harris, McMurtry, Withers, Ferguson, Beta subs Saunders (not used), Workman (replaced Harris 71), Clarke (replaced Withers 78), Young (not used), McCaw (not used) 

Banbridge Town: McErlean, J. Wilson, Thompson, Acheson, Greene, McCreanor, Allison, Clydesdale, Downey, Teggart, Moffatt subs Grant (replaced Downey 84), McGrath (replaced Moffatt 71), Todd (not used), Devlin (not used), King (not used)

Referee: Barry Monaghan