Own goal earns Dungannon Swifts dramatic point against Lisburn Distillery
Dungannon Swifts 2 Lisburn Distillery 2: Dungannon Swifts fortuitously struck late to take a point at the weekend and, for their manager Dixie Robinson, there were positives and negatives to take from the dramatic draw.
“When you score in injury time you have to come in after the game and feel quite relieved,” said Robinson.
“We have lost a few games now, so it is nice to stop the rot and I think that we were worthy of our point.
“That we created more chances than we have been doing recently was a big positive. I was glad to see the wee bit of rain as I felt it would help us move the ball a little bit quicker.”
Swifts had enjoyed the best of the first half exchanges but only entered the break on level terms as Timmy Adamson’s 35th minute opener was cancelled out two minutes from half-time when Gary Thompson slammed in a rebound.
Both sides had chances after the interval with Distillery taking the lead —and seemingly the points as well —when Mark Patton finished with 11 minutes left on the clock.
Swifts never gave up, even after a penalty claim for handball was turned away by hometown referee Raymond Hetherington.
Justice, though, appeared to have been done just seconds later as Pat McShane — the alleged handled — inadvertently knocked the ball into his own net after the post had turned away an acrobatic shot from Adamson.
Whites boss Tommy Wright was happy with the result and said: “A draw was probably a fair result.
“Dungannon had more chances than us in the first half. But we stayed in the game, got our equaliser and then played better in the second half.
“It is disappointing that we didn’t finish the job, disappointing in the manner that we conceded and the time that we conceded.”
Looking forward, home manager Robinson was in buoyant mood after an unexpected signing on Friday ahead of this weekend’s visit of table-toppers Glentoran.
“Ryan O’Neill, formerly of West Ham, and more recently at Barnet, had been training with us and after failing to get fixed up with a club in England, I couldn’t believe my luck when he agreed to sign for us.
“He is a local lad and came through the youth system at Dungannon.
He was released due to financial restraints and I am delighted to have him on board.
“Dare I say, I think he is too good to be playing for us,” added the honest Swifts boss.