DUNGANNON SWIFTS 1 LISBURN DISTILLERY 1
A controversial injury-time header from Ryan Harpur denied Lisburn Distillery a crucial victory at Stangmore Park.
The referee had blown for a penalty seconds before the midfielder’s effort crossed the line – but the goal was allowed to stand, infuriating the Whites’ players and manager.
Distillery looked to have snatched victory when Scott Davidson’s half-volley put them ahead with two minutes remaining.
But with time running out, Harpur got his head to a Terry Fitzpatrick cross to ensure a positive result from Darren Murphy’s first game in sole charge of Dungannon.
Earlier Niall Morgan had pulled off a fine save to keep out Michael Halliday’s penalty following a foul on Gary Liggett.
But the Whites will feel aggrieved that a stronger penalty shout minutes beforehand was turned down.
DGN SWIFTS: Morgan, R O’Neill (Brennan, 45), Montgomery, McMinn, Grieve, Harpur, Topley (C Lavery, 75), S Lavery, Fitzpatrick, S O’Neill, Gawley (PJ Lavery, 64)
Subs not used: S Friars, Cahoon
LISBURN DISTILLERY: Brennan, Harkness, Simpson, McCullough, Davidson, McCann, Liggett, Halliday, Ferguson, Hughes (Beggs, 72), Forsythe
Subs not used: Windrum, Hunter, Hall, Koypt
Referee: Mervyn Smyth (Belfast)