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Whites are in seventh heaven

By David Hunter

Published 27/12/2006

Christmas crackers ensured a 'White Christmas' for Paul Kirk and his side as they extended their unbeaten run to seven games, hitting four goals past Donegal Celtic.

Lisburn Distillery 4

Donegal Celtic 1

Andy Kilmartin was the first half hero for the Whites and the Whites boss was quick to acknowledge his contribution. "Once the second goal went in we believed that we could go on and win it a lot more." said Kirk. " Andy was absolutely fabulous for us. When I phoned him he said to me, 'Gaffer, if you want me to play wide left I will and I will give you a performance.'"

Kilmartin did just that, scoring in the 10th minute after DC were caught napping. Quick thinking by Marty Verner saw a short free kick worked into the path of Kilmartin and he drilled the ball into the bottom corner from just inside the box.

Donegal Celtic had a couple of chances to level but on 37 minutes the Whites added a stunning second goal.

Conor Hagan broke down the right and his pin-point cross was spectacularly volleyed home by Kilmartin from ten yards out.

Paul Muir hit the post from a free-kick on 49 minutes before Verner added a third on the hour with a delicate glancing header from Hagan's cross. At that stage it really was a case of 'Christmas past' for Paddy Kelly's side and six minutes from time Andy Waterworth completed the Whites scoring after John Martin had unselfishly set him up with a ball across the face of the goal.

Although Paul McVeigh scored a superb consolation goal, DC were second best on the day leaving manager Paddy Kelly to rue that first half miss.

He said afterwards: "I am disappointed with the result, the difference at the end of the day was finishing, we couldn't finish, they could!"

LISBURN DISTILLERY: Matthews, McKeown, Buchanan, Muir, Ferguson, Hagan, Bell, McCann (McLaughlin 75), Kilmartin, Verner (Waterworth 66), Armour (Martin 72).

DONEGAL CELTIC: Brown, Melaugh, Donaghy, McClean, Bradley, Allsopp, Duff (Lavery 62), Lyons (McDonald 62), Armstrong (Lagan 55), McAllister, McVeigh.

Referee: Hugh Carvill (Belfast)

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