Two goals from Darren Gallagher (left) and one from Terry Cavanagh (right) saw Sport & Leisure dfeat Lisburn Disiillery 3-2 at New Grosvenor (Picture: David Hunter)
Saturday, 11 February 2017
Swifts moved in front on 26 minutes when Anthony McConnell whipped in a free-kick from the right which 'keeper Tony Galbraith let slip and in the ensuing scramble Terry Cavanagh was on hand to touch the ball over the line.
And it was 2-0 ten minutes after that from the head of Darren Gallagher after he beat Galbraith to a ball lofted in from the edge of the area to the six yard box.
The Whites were handed a glimmer of hope early in the second half after Swifts reduced to ten men following Pierce Tully's straight red card following a challenge on Aaron Harris.
After Distillery had a goal ruled out offside they fell further behind when Gallagher doubled his tally for the afternoon with a flicked header from a throw-in.
Nick Beta then earned the Whites a penalty after he was upended in the area but Alan McMurty could only look on as Swifts 'keeper Patrick Saunders saved his spot-kick.
However, George Douglas finally pulled a goal back for Distillery with a back post header from a corner delivered into the six yard box.
Leisure then lost another man with eight minutes remaining when Martin Cunningham collected his second caution of the game for a foul on substitute Darren Bell.
Buoyed by this, the Whites pulled a second goal back when, following a bit of ping-pong in the box, Jonathan McCaw lofted the ball over Saunders from outside the area in off the far post.
Lisburn Distillery: Galbraith, Doherty, Curley, Clarke, Douglas, Simpson, McMurty, Harris, Young, McCaw, Beta subs McCrea (not used), Boyd (not used), Grainger (replaced Young 76), Peoples (replaced Doherty 56), Bell (replaced Beta 76)
Sport & Leisure Swifts: Saunders, Lynch, McConnell, McMullan, S. Tully, D. Largey, G. Largey, P. Tully, R. McAuley, Gallagher, Cavanagh subs Cunningham (replaced Gallagher 76), N. McAuley (replaced Lynch 46), Glenholmes (replaced McConnell 57), McKissock (not used), Magill (not used)
Referee: Matthew Goodricke