Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 April 2014

Patterson rages as Muir denies Cliftonville win

Lisburn Distillery 1 Cliftonville 1

Another wonder strike from midfielder Gary Muir seven minutes from time denied Cliftonville victory at New Grosvenor.

To add insult to Red injury, the visitors lost Kieran O’Connor to a leg injury three minutes from time before Mark Holland was red-carded seconds later after a late challenge on Muir.

Cliftonville manager Eddie Patterson, watching the game from the side-lines due to suspension, was far from happy at the result and decisions made during the game.

“Look at the decisions the referee has made, the booking for a blatant elbow into Ronan Scannell’s face, a yellow card,” blasted Patterson.

“My own son was taken out of the game completely, five yards from the referee and it was play on.

“This is a carry on from last Saturday’s game when we had decision after decision after decision not given for us and I have to ask the reason why?

“ We would have had it (the game) out of sight with the chances that we created and the misses that we had.

“Distillery shouldn’t have even been near it.

“I am disappointed by the number of things over the last few games that have gone against our players and I am not going to say that our players have been angels — our players have been dealt with and cards have been produced, but there is Mark Holland out of the Linfield game on Saturday because of I feel the inconsistency of refereeing in this league and particularly over the last few games against Cliftonville.”

Holland put the Reds in front on 16 minutes after he turned home a free-kick and after that the Reds had all the chances that followed but nothing to show from them.

Chris Scannell should have scored twice in the second-half but was off the target and then Muir scored his eighth of the season, another stunner from 35 yards, on 73 minutes.

“Ye cannae teach it — it was a fair strike from myself,” laughed Glaswegian Muir afterwards.

“First half we came in and got a rollicking because of our performance but we came out and did the job in the second-half.”

The Whites move a point closer to third place whilst Cliftonville now go fifth.

Lisburn Distillery: Matthews, P McCann, Thompson, Buchanan, Hall, Kingsberry (Shaw 73), R McCann, Muir, Patton (Armour 46), G Browne (Gawley 88), Allen. Subs: McCluskey, Atkinson.

Cliftonville: Connolly, R Scannell (Catney 84), Johnston, O’Hara, M Holland, C Scannell, Smyth, Donaghy, B Holland, O’Connor (Boyce 87), Patterson (Hamill 84). Subs: McAlinden, O’Neill.

Referee: Brian Turkington (Belfast).