Ryan Dunlop (OG) (47)
Alan McMurtry (56p)


Donegal Celtic

Paul Brown (32)
Paul Brown (37)
Karl Rossborough (50)


Goals from Karl Rossborough (left) and Paul Brown (right) saw Donegal Celtic top the table after their win over Distillery (Picture: David Hunter)


Donegal Celtic moved to the top of the Premier Intermediate League following this defeat of local rivals Lisburn Distillery at New Grosvenor Stadium.

Distillery started the game better and came close when McMurtry put Jody Lynch through with a neat back heel. Lynch did well to take the ball away from two defenders but Sean McIlhone in the Celtic goal did well to get a toe to the ball.

Lynch thought he had put the Whites ahead shortly when he put the ball in the back of the net from a tight angle but he was adjudged to have been in an offside position from Stephen Hislop's initial shot.

Donegal Celtic went a goal up against the run of play when a low cross from Declan Monaghan wasn't dealt with by Distillery 'keeper Jack McCrea and Paul Brown was able to hammer the ball home from close range.

The away side made it 2-0 shortly after when Brown was found in the box by Niall Derry and the striker showed composure to slot the ball under an onrushing McCrea.

The second half started well for Distillery when they gained a goal back in fortuitous fashion when a low cross was deflected over his own 'keeper by Ryan Dunlop.

However, Celtic regained their two goal cushion three minutes later when a corner was sent deep before being headed back across goal for Karl Rossborough to hammer home from close range.

The lead was cut yet again when Alan McMurty showed fine footwork in the Celtic box to win a penalty. He dusted himself down and took the spot kick himself, firing the ball into the bottom right hand corner with the 'keeper going the wrong way.

With just one goal in it, Celtic did well to keep it tight at the back to prevent Distillery from having any clear cut chances to grab an equaliser. The Whites came closest when Jonny McCaw forced an outstanding save from McIlhone from a free kick just on the edge of the area.

Lisburn Distillery: McCrea, McParland, Doherty, Curley, Wharry, Hislop, McMurty, Harris, Beta, McCaw, Lynch subs Galbraith (not used), Clarke (replaced Beta 65), McSorley (not used), Bell (replaced McMurty 85), Grainger (replaced Lynch 75)

Donegal Celtic: McIlhone, Rossborough, Curtis, Kopyt, McCafferty, Dunlop, Feher, Monaghan, Derry, Brown, Hughes subs Conlon (replaced Hughes 75), Rayner (not used), McVarnock (replaced Monaghan 85), Munce (not used), McAuley (replaced Brown 65)

Referee: Jamie Robinson

Tags:  Lisburn Distillery