James Wright (61)
Daire Rooney (77)


James Wright (left) scored the opening goal in Lisburn Distillery's win over Banbridge Town (©David Hunter)


Lisburn Distillery defeated Banbridge Town at New Grosvenor to record their first win in three outings.

In a game played in a strong breeze and driving rain Banbridge created the first effort of note when Stephen Acheson offered up a free-kick which came back off the defensive wall.

At the other end, after a quarter-of-an-hour, Daire Rooney outpaced the defence but couldn't beat Gerard McErlean with a tame shot.

The conditions limited both sides to little more than half chances. Stephen McCavitt perhaps came closest for the visitors with a vicious cross which keeper Jonah Nicholl was happy to turn away for a corner while Mikey Withers fired wide just before the break despite being well placed.

Rooney came close for the Whites on 53 minutes when he latched onto a bouncing ball but could only poke wide.

Distillery eventually found a way through just after the hour courtesy of James Wright's final touch after a throw-in down the left was headed into his path.

Rooney then got rewarded for his earlier endeavours when he pounced on an uncharacteristic mistake by McErlean to double the home advantage and put the game beyond the reach of the visitors.

Lisburn Distillery: Nicholl, Doyle, B. Moore, S. Moore, Curley, Wright, McCaw, Harris, Rooney, Clarke, Withers subs Saunders (not used), Byrne (not used), Young (replaced McCaw 78), Beta (not used)

Banbridge Town: McErlean, Wilson, Devlin, Acheson, Anderson, McGuinness, Clydesdale, D. McGrath, McCavitt, McCreanor, Moffatt subs Gould (not used), Clarke (replaced McCavitt 68), Greene (replaced Acheson 73), Downey (not used), McCartan (replaced Clydesdale 68)

Referee: John Maxwell