Dismal day for Distillery - two sent off and Larne score seven

Larne's Scott Irvine slides in for a tackle against Distillery players. US1534-552cd  Picture: Cliff Donaldson
Larne's Scott Irvine slides in for a tackle against Distillery players. US1534-552cd Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Given the positive performance by the Whites last time out against Ballyclare few would have expected Lisburn Distillery to completely capitulate on this occasion to the men from Inver Park.

The early signs were ominous as Larne dominated the opening passages of play and it was no surprise when they took the lead on 13 minutes through a well taken strike from Scott Irvine.

Minutes later and the lead was doubled when the home defence failed to clear from a whipped in free kick and the ball found its way into the net to make it 2-0.

Lisburn Distillery were reeling by this stage and the visitors almost had a third when Robinson went on a mazy run only to drill his shot wide of the home goal.

After this the Whites settled briefly and the hope was that they go in at half time only trailing 0-2 and that maybe, just maybe, an early goal in the second half would give them something to fight for.

However it wasn’t to be as with 43 minutes played and it was game over as firstly Niall Derry ran behind the advancing Murray but managed to clip him on the way past as he charged down on goal.

The referee wasted no time in not only pointing to the spot but also issuing a red card to Derry though it did seem quite apparent that he hadn’t deliberately made the foul so it was probably a little harsh on the Whites midfielder.

The penalty, however, couldn’t be disputed and Murray duly dispatched from the spot to make it mission impossible for the home side.

Half time saw Whites manager Tommy Kincaid change his personnel as Mikey Withers replaced Sean Southam but before he could get a chance to settle in it was 0-4 with Maguire doing the damage on this occasion.

The Whites then created one of their few chances as Marty Jones effort was well blocked and then the Whites found themselves 0-5 down as Murray tucked away another penalty awarded after a late challenge from Nixon.

Darren Stuart was then on hand on 64 minutes to tuck in from a corner and it was then left to Ciaran Murray to complete the Whites misery by adding his third and the visitors seventh on 71 minutes.

And, as if the score line wasn’t bad enough, the Whites also ended the game with nine men, Gareth Ringland being red carded in stoppage time for a high tackle.

So a truly terrible result for the home side and one from which they must turn around sooner rather than later.

Their first opportunity to do will be tomorrow (Saturday) when they face a further difficult test as they host Knockbreda in the Steel & Sons Cup, kick off in that one at New Grosvenor is at 2.30pm

LDFC Team v Larne: McBride, Ringland, Nicon, Burns, McMenamin, Derry, McIlhagga, Hughes, Armstrong, Southam, Jones

Subs: Withers for Southam, Fegan for McMenamin, Kopyt, Taggart, Morrison.

‘White Walkers’ complete charity mission

Well done to Distillery’s “Three stooges” (plus two) Ged Irwin, Simon Wragg, David Irwin, Cameron Moore, Stephen Logue who successfully completed their 27 mile walk from Larne to New Grosvenor on Saturday.

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Mayor Councillor Thomas Beckett met the guys on their arrival back at New Grosvenor.

They hope to raise around £1400 which will be split between the Academy and the Mayor’s Charity, the Mary Peters Trust.