Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

In-form Allen fires Lisburn Distillery upwards

Lisburn Distillery went joint second with a 5-2 victory over Institute and whilst striker Curtis Allen matched the two goals that he had scored against them last season, he also this time set up the other three.

“It’s great start to the season,” said the in-form striker.

“It’s as good as we started last year and we just have to keep to keep taking every game as we go on.

“We just want to keep going (like this) and before you know it you are in the middle of the season, you are still at the top end of the league and you are in there as title challengers — we certainly have the team to do that.”

Allen (pictured) fired in the corners that enabled Paul Hamilton and Darren Armour to head home on 13 and 16 minutes respectively and Stute boss John Gregg was far from happy.

Afterwards he rapped: “You can’t give goals away like that, it’s criminal — set pieces are part of the game and we have to get them right.

“This is the only time that we have fallen to set pieces, did we switch off — yes I think we did, did players hold their hands up, yes they did, but we will learn from it.

“You can’t switch off, we will be back in on Tuesday night, Wednesday night and Thursday night and we will get our heads back on for the game next Saturday.”

The Whites third came on 38 minutes, Allen firing in from the edge of the box following Hamilton’s low cross before skipper Wayne Buchanan fired in from the number 12’s free kick on 47 minutes.

The visitors had a glimpse of an unlikely comeback after Paul Brown scored two inside seven minutes.

The first came from the spot on 67 minutes before he broke through the home defence to fire home from close range.

But Allen had the last say, powering his header home after a super cross from Gary Muir two minutes into injury time.

It left manager Paul Kirk, not happy with the second half lapse, but happy with league progress thus far.

He added: “I am delighted it’s all about getting three points but sometimes you get greedy when you are a coach especially when you are working with good players that I have got here.

“I’d prefer to see the performances better but I am happy with the result.”