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Lisburn Distillery 1 Dungannon Swifts 2

Ten-man Lisburn Distillery fell to a brace from Dungannon striker Michael Ward in this relegation-zone struggle.

It was absolutely huge” said the matchwinner, who netted either side of Gary Ligget’s equaliser. “We have been in the position in the last few weeks when we feel we could have maybe picked up a few points but we didn’t — so picking up three points, especially against Lisburn Distillery who are one of our rivals at the bottom of the league, is a massive boost.”

For a second successive week, refereeing decisions impacted on the outcome at New Grosvenor and new boss John Cunningham was understandably not pleased at referee Raymond Crangle's dismissal of David Cushley 18 minutes in.

“Cushley heads the ball and swings round and his arm hits the player in the back and he gives a red card,” groaned Cunningham afterwards.

“These are the types of decisions that referees are making at the minute that are going against us but we can’t complain — for a good percentage of the game we had ten men and done really, really well.

“We haven’t got time to feel sorry for ourselves, what we have to do is keep doing what we are doing.”

Belfast Telegraph