Kevin Braniff (68)


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


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