Alan McMurtry (56)


Alan McMurty celebrates the only goal of the game in Lisburn Distillery's 1-0 home win over Banbridge Town (Picture: David Hunter)


Lisburn Distillery ended the year on a high note with a third successive victory after Alan McMurty's goal gave them the edge over Banbridge Town.

Conor Downey might have given the visitors the early advantage after turning well into the box only to be met by a low Tony Galbraith save to his left.

At the other end Timmy Clarke came close for the Whites but Town 'keeper Tuda Murphy proved equal to the challenge.

Perhaps the best moment of the scoreless first half came when Banbridge's Neil Clydesdale looked a set piece from outside the box over the wall towards the bottom corner but Galbraith reacted well to make the save.

Downey threatened again for the visitors not long after the break but could only fire into the side netting.

What proved to be the winner came just before the hour mark when home skipper Stephen Curley laid the ball off for Jody Lynch who, in turn, freed McMurty to run at goal before beating Murphy into the left corner of the net.

Banbridge tried hard to get back on level terms with their best effort being a 30-yard James Wilson effort which caused concern for Galbraith before the ball dropped narrowly wide.

Lisburn Distillery: Galbraith, McParland, Doherty, Curley, Clarke, Hislop, McMurty, Harris, Young, Lynch, McCaw subs McCrea (not used), Brown, Bell (replaced McMurty 84), Beta (replaced Lynch 79)

Banbridge Town: Murphy, J. Wilson, Devlin, Acheson, Thompson, Anderson, McCreanor, Clydesdale. Downey, A. Wilson, Moffatt subs McCavitt (replaced A. Wilson 66), Pedlow (not used), Hayes (not used), Gourley (replaced Downey 78), Black (replaced Devlin 83)

Referee: Ben McMaster