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Lisburn Distillery can beat the drop: Melaugh

By Graham Luney

Gavin Melaugh feels that Lisburn Distillery’s stunning win over Coleraine last weekend can help see his side finish the season with a flourish.

The Whites rocked local football with a 3-1 win in the north-west last Saturday, bringing the troubled Ballyskeagh side a rare moment of joy and three precious points.

It was just the morale boost Tommy Wright’s men needed ahead of a crucial basement battle with Institute at Drumahoe tomorrow.

It seems that every game is a must win fixture for the Whites and it will be a ‘do or die’ attitude adopted yet again.

A win would lift the Whites to within six points of ’Stute and after a nightmare start to the season, Melaugh and co. will set out to end on a high.

“As a collective unit the team has failed and we have not defended well enough as a team,” said Melaugh.

“This is what you would call a six pointer game but all of them are must win fixtures for us now.

“We played well against Coleraine and we had to.

“Had we not got anything from that fixture we would still be in very serious trouble.

“This has been a difficult season for everyone but the players have remained united and whatever has been going on off the pitch is outside of our control.

Players have stayed with the club and are giving their all in a relegation battle.

“Now this win over Coleraine sets us up nicely for a huge game with Stute and it must have given the boys a confidence boost.”

The former Glentoran midfielder knows time is running out for the Whites but he netted an early goal against the Bannsiders and he hopes he can repeat the trick tomorrow.

“Scoring the first goal is important as in the past when we have conceded heads have dropped and we have often left ourselves with too much to do,” added the 28-year-old.

“Things worked for us against Coleraine and getting the early goal certainly helped. I’m just happy to be playing again after

fighting back from injury and we will fight hard to the end. Coleraine was always going to be a though test but if we can beat them we can beat Stute.”

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