Dungannon Swifts 1 Lisburn Distillery 0
Tim McCann’s future as Lisburn Distillery manager is in doubt after Emmett Friars condemned the Whites to their their 17th defeat in just 24 league games.
And with the threat of relegation looming large over New Grosvenor, there is uncertainty over how long McCann will be given to turn things around.
It was yet another disappointing day for McCann, whose team are now four points behind Donegal Celtic at the bottom of the Premiership table and now 10 adrift of Dungannon after losing to the Swifts at the weekend and there have been suggestions that the club is about to replace McCann with former DC boss Paddy Kelly.
“It’s déjà vu for me. Gary Liggett has a chance to score, but near enough stops it on the line — and two minutes later the ball is in our net through an individual error,” said a despondent McCann.
Swifts goalkeeper Niall Morgan had a busy weekend, keeping a clean sheet against the Whites before turning out for Tyrone against Derry in the McKenna Cup.
Unfortunately for Dungannon boss Darren Murphy, Morgan has now hung up his Irish League gloves to concentrate on his GAA career under the guidance of Mickey Harte, whose side beat Derry 1-14 to 0-15 yesterday in their season opener.
“It was a good game to sign off on. If truth be told, the 10 guys in front of me made it an easy enough 90 minutes,” he said.
“How we only won 1-0 is something that isn’t clear. They had chances but I thought we had so many more.”
The Swifts picked up their fourth, and easily most important, win so far — a result that steers them away from the bottom two places — in a game best described as one of two halves.
Dungannon dominated the opening period with six shots on target but without reward.
The best opportunity actually fell to the visitors — their only meaningful chance — when Jordan Hughes crossed and found Liggett but the striker’s header fell inches wide of the post.
The Whites held the threat in the second half too, but neither Andy Hunter, Scott Davidson, Davy McCullough or Liggett could find a way past Morgan before Friars rose highest at the back post to head home Ryan Harpur’s corner 12 minutes from time.