Loughgall 1 – 2 Lisburn Distillery | Loughgall Football Club

Loughgall 1 – 2 Lisburn Distillery

Loughgall let a one-goal lead slip to lose their first home game of the season to much-fancied Lisburn Distillery.

Caretaker manager Gary McKinstry will not only be frustrated with the result but also with Stephen Ferguson being forced off after only 9 minutes and right-back Declan McVeigh’s second-half dismissal – Loughgall’s third red card in three games.

The Villagers took the lead in the 12th minute when Mark Carson superbly lobbed Distillery goalkeeper Robert Robinson from the flank to make it two goals in two games for the midfielder.

Aaron Haire came close to doubling Loughgall’s advantage ten minutes later when he evaded his marker before firing a low shot narrowly wide from close range.

Lisburn Distillery came extremely close five minutes before the break when a long throw found it’s way through to Glen Upton who struck the crossbar from inside the penalty area.

The away side levelled in first-half injury time when Mark Tweedy picked his spot in the the bottom corner, just outside the reach of ‘keeper Jamie McArdle, from 20 yards.

And Distillery completed the turnaround when Ben Browne slotted home from inside the area seven minutes into the second period.

Loughgall missed their golden opportunity to level as Wes Boyle saw his penalty saved by Robinson, after Haire was fouled in the area.

As Loughgall searched for an equaliser their hopes were dashed when new signing McVeigh received a straight red card for a late challenge.

Loughgall: McArdle, McVeigh, Rodgers, Montgomery, McKee, Ferguson (Lavery 9m), Carson (Rooney 73m), Boyle, Haire, Campbell, Brady. Unused subs: Stewart, Bollard, Fox.

Lisburn Distillery: Robinson, Thompson, Lyons (Irwin 76m), Alderdice, Nixon, McIlhagga, Tweedy, Browne, Wright, Upton (Kernaghan 64m), Withers (Fegan 69m). Unused subs: Allen, McBride.