Spike double keeps up great White hope
Portadown 3 Lisburn Distillery 1
Golden oldie Glenn Ferguson made it a late great double act when he scored a brilliant brace against Portadown to make it three away wins on the trot for Lisburn Distillery.
The super grandad put the Whites ahead 2-1 on 80 minutes and then cracked home his second two minutes from time.
It gives the basement side a real chance of salvation from the dreaded drop and gives Portadown’s chances of making the top six in the league a real knock.
Distillery had a double let-off on 13 minutes when keeper Philip Matthews turned over a stinging, swerving free-kick from Kevin Braniff, and then the Whites scrambled away the resultant corner-kick.
Two minutes later, the visitors should have gone ahead when Peter McCann failed to control the ball with a goal beckoning and David McCullough blocked.
The Whites edged in front on 41 minutes through Gary Browne who finished off a clever move involving Ferguson and Gary Thompson.
It wasn’t well struck but it was enough to beat David Miskelly with the slow pace of the shot deceiving the big keeper.
Substitute Richard Lecky stole a leveller for the Ports on 62 minutes from a Braniff cross, but it was something of a gift. Keeper Matthews left his line, but failed to get to the ball, and that left Lecky with a soft back-header from close range.
And Braniff should have made it 2-1 with 13 minutes on the clock when he ran onto a perfect pass from Richard Clarke, but his fierce drive zipped just over the top.
But a minute later, maestro Ferguson made no mistake when he thumped home after a great Thompson run with the patched-up Portadown defence in total disarray.
And the Ports gifted the second when the ball somehow found a way past full-back Sean Mackle, and into the path of old master Ferguson who was perfectly placed at the far post, to slam into the roof of the net.
PORTADOWN: Miskelly, O’Hara, Clarke, Kelly, Braniff, Mouncey, McCullough, N. Teggart, Baker, Morrison, Mackle. Subs: Armstrong, A. Teggart, Lecky, McCluskey, Topley.
LISBURN DISTILLERY: Matthews, Callaghan, McAlinden, Muir, McCann, Kilmartin, Thompson, Ferguson, Browne, Gawley, McShane. Subs: McDonnell, Friel, Colling, Patton, Corey.
Referee: Hugh Carvill (Belfast)