Coleraine 2 Lisburn Distillery 3
Oran Kearney has asked his Coleraine players to forget the furore surrounding Lisburn Distillery’s contentious win at the Showgrounds and focus instead on getting their own season up and running.
Curtis Allen put the Bannsiders in front but Gary Liggett equalised when Distillery looked to have breached football’s unwritten rule of returning to the side who have put it out of play due to an injury.
David Cushley then put the Whites ahead and, following Stephen Lowry’s leveller, the visitors won it through Mark Patton — but all the post-match talk centred on that goal by Liggett, who was later sent off for kicking the ball away when already booked.
“What Distillery did was not in the spirit of the game,” said Kearney. “But we haven’t won in our first three games and that’s what concerns me more.”
Whites boss Tommy Wright, however, countered: “We didn't ask Coleraine to put the ball out of play when Mark Cooling was hurt.
“I’m proud of the way we turned the game and scored three goals.”