Kevin Braniff (68)

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Kevin Braniff scored the only goal between Dollingstown and Distillery (©David Hunter)

BRANIFF GETS WHITES OFF TO WINNING START

Kevin Braniff scored the only goal of the game as Lisburn Distillery kicked off the new Bluefin Sport Premier Intermediate League campaign with a win over Dollingstown at Planters Park.

The Whites created the early pressure and might have taken the lead as early as the third minute when Daire Rooney produced a great save from Steven Maguire after connecting with a Michael O'Hanlon cross.

Both sides had their moments during the first half without really troubling either keeper although Rooney did come close again towards the break with a chipped effort which went just over.

Ryan Gourley created an opening for Dollingstown's Richard Thompson around the hour, followed by a flowing team move which ended up in the ball going out for a corner.

However, what proved to be the only goal of the game came on 68 minutes through veteran midfielder Braniff who delivered a cross which deceived Dollingstown keeper Maguire to go in off an upright.

Dollingstown might have levelled later in the game only for Aaron Moffett's header from a corner to strike the woodwork.

Dollingstown: Maguire, Redpath, Rogers, Acheson, Mooney, Moffett, Gourley, Patterson, Johnston, Rea, Thompson subs McConnell (not used), Conlon (replaced Moffett 85), Liggett (replaced Patterson 71), King (not used), Kernaghan (replced Gourley 78)

Lisburn Distillery: Nicholl, Byrne, Long, Curley, Stewart, O'Hanlon, Harris, Rooney, Braniff, McCaw, Wright subs Getty (replaced Curley 86), Young (replaced Wright 51), McAlea (replaced Rooney 73), Beta (not used), Nesbitt (not used)

Referee: Michael McKenna