Donegal Celtic 2 Lisburn Distillery 1: Paul McVeigh’s 10th goal of the season stunned high-flying Lisburn Distillery and lifted the Premiership gloom over Celtic Park with a second league win of the season for the Wee Hoops.
It was a first league win for Celtic under new manager Paddy Kelly, who replaced Marty Tabb just two weeks ago.
McVeigh’s headed winner in the 79th minute came when the visitors looked primed to close the gap on league leaders Glentoran.
Veteran Glenn Ferguson had levelled for the Olive-shirted Whites after Aiden McVeigh had given Celtic an early lead.
McVeigh scored in the seventh minute after Distillery goalkeeper Phillip Matthews misjudged a route-one ball from Celtic keeper Stephen Harbinson and allowed the striker to pass the ball into an empty net.
But Ferguson levelled in the 28th minute with a sublime finish from the edge of the Celtic goalmouth.
Just when the visitors looked most likely to steal the points, McVeigh dispatched Thomas Lambe’s corner from close range.
DONEGAL CELTIC: Harbinson, Cleary, Spence, Lambe, McAlorum, Hanna, O’Hara, Carville, Bradley, A McVeigh, P McVeigh. Subs: McMenimen, McAllister (for Hanna, 10), McNamee, Dickson (for McVeigh 89), Henderson (for Bradley 75).
LISBURN DISTILLERY: Matthews, Hunter, Muir, Kilmartin, Thompson, Ferguson, Brown, Patton, Simpson, Davidson, Traynor . Subs: Cooling (for Thompson, 68), Stewart (for Davidson 71), Liggett (for Traynor 86), McCluskey, Devlin.
Referee: Alan Black (Antrim).