Tim McCann to fight on


LISBURN Distillery boss Tim McCann came out fighting after this latest Premier League setback.

Goals from Jason McCartney and David Kee condemned the Whites to their 16th defeat of the campaign, but more importantly, they now trail fellow strugglers Donegal Celtic by four points at the foot of the table.

Although McCann – who watched his team throw away a 3-0 lead at Ballymena at the weekend – was again disappointed, he is adamant he will get things right at New Grosvenor.

“If I didn’t believe it, I wouldn’t be here,” he said. “I have never walked away from anything in my life and I will be fighting tooth and nail.

“There will be a few new faces coming in over the course of the transfer window, make no mistake about that – and there will be a few people going out the door.”

And, on his team’s latest debacle, McCann added: “I thought it was a terrible game to watch . . . both sides looked like they were having an off-day.

“We were on top when they scored. Before their goal, we went through on a one-on-one with their keeper and failed to hit the target . . . and a minute later we are 1-0 down. Two goals in two minutes killed us, that was it, game over.

“It’s been the story of our season – I thought we had turned a corner when we scored six goals in two games, albeit we had also been conceding a lot.”

Within 90 seconds it was two. McCartney turned provider and, even though David Kee’s header smashed off the underside of the crossbar, referee Andrew Davey awarded the goal.

Lisburn Distillery: Brennan, Smyth, Ferguson, Hunter, McVeigh, McCullough (Hall 81), McCann(Melly 76), Davidson, Hughes, Halliday (Forsythe 79), Liggett. Subs not used: Simpson, Beggs.

Ballinamallard United: Rouse, Hill, Stafford, Carters, Keohane, Curran, O’Grady, Kee, McCartney (Feeny 89), Crawford (Sheridan 86), Campbell (Martin 62). Subs not used –McGrath, McKenna.

Referee: Andrew Davey (Bangor).