Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Beaming Kirk hails resurgent Distillery

No apologies from Lisburn Distillery boss Paul Kirk this week after the Whites did just enough to see off bottom club Ballymena United.

Kirk knew that last week’s win over champions Linfield would mean absolutely nothing if they were unable to build on it and he got what he wanted thanks to Curtis Allen’s 74th minute winner.

Allen flashed home a low shot after United hadn’t dealt with a near-post corner.

“It’s all about winning at this stage and I am delighted that we done that again” said the Whites’ gaffer afterwards.

“I have been hard on my defenders in terms of conceding silly goals and sloppy goals, but I can’t argue with what they are giving me now. They have to get a pat on the back when they do what is required and that’s two clean sheets in a row so well played the back-line and thanks very much Curtis!”

That Allen goal proved the undoing of United, and whilst prime-minister Gordon Brown may have used the “R” word last week, United boss Roy Walker was more economical with his – “results” rather than “relegation” at this stage.

“I thought that we were worth a point, that’s a couple of times we have played them and we have been desperately unlucky not to have come away with something.

“We are looking more like a team; we are a wee bit more solid in all departments, that’s the pleasing thing. If we keep showing progress even though the results may not always come then that will be good because ultimately the results will come. “

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