Belfast Telegraph

Lisburn Distillery 3 Donegal Celtic 3

By David Hunter

A pulsating game at New Grosvenor ended up in a 3-3 draw and what a finish in the mud. This was a vital basement game but credit to both sides who gave their all and on 90 minutes it looked like the Whites had got those vital points.

Jordan Hughes was felled into the box and he stood up to blast the ball high into the roof of the goal but back came DC through Ciaran Gargan on 92 minutes to leave the Whites adrift at the bottom.

Whites' boss Tim McCann was raging afterwards as his side surrendered two points with seconds remaining. “We had to win today, make no mistake about it” he blasted.

“It was always going to be a battle and down to who wanted it more. But when you concede the goals that we conceded — it was as Packie (Pat McAllister) said “Keystone Kops” stuff — they were three terrible goals we conceded. We were winning with a minute left in injury time, you get a penalty in the 90th minute you score it and you are saying surely we can defend this.”

But the Whites couldn't and DC boss Pat McAllister was delighted at his side's late late comeback.

“ I don't think in 45 minutes I have been through so many emotions in one game” said McAllister afterwards. “We certainly showed a brilliant amount of character to come back.

“I thought overall it was fantastic for the neutral in terrible condition, 22 players giving everything but for me that was value for money.”

And it was — there may have been no goals in the first half but that was down to effort on either side.

The visitors had a let-off on four minutes after keeper John Connolly misread a cross. But two goal-line clearances kept out shots from the Whites' centre-back pairiing of Andy Ferguson and Dermot McVeigh before Michael Halliday ended the home side's opening spell of pressure by heading over a corner.

DC made the vital breakthrough thanks to substitute Ryan Deans on 54 minutes who was on hand to drill in an effort from close range. The Whites levelled seven minutes later with their substitute Scott Davidson surging down the middle to crack home from the edge of the box.

On 66 minutes Whites' skipper Ryan McCann fired in a 35 yard free-kick but the lead disappeared four minutes later when the home defence couldn't clear a corner and Paul McVeigh nicked the equaliser.

But despite the even later drama the Whites remain bottom and Gargan was the toast of Suffolk Road.

Lisburn Distillery: Brennan, Smyth, Ferguson, McVeigh, Traynor, Forsythe (Davidson 57), McCullough, R.McCann (Simpson 86), J.Hughes, Halliday (Beggs 81), Liggett. Subs not used: Hunter, Hall.

Donegal Celtic: Connolly, Bradley, Downey, Keegan, Mcveigh, Gargan, Devine (Deans 46), E.Hughes, Burns, P.McCann (McAllister 67), Todd (McNamee 73). Subs not used: Dyer, McIlkenny.

Referee: Tim Marshall (Portadown).

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