Friars helps Dungannon Swifts stretch clear of basement

BIG GOAL: Emmett Friats celebrates against Distillery
BIG GOAL: Emmett Friats celebrates against Distillery


Emmet Friars snatched a late winner as Dungannon Swifts pushed Lisburn Distillery deeper into the relegation mire with this crucial victory.

The defender settled a pulsating match when he struck 12 minutes from the end, powering home a header from Ryan Harpur’s corner.

It puts third-bottom Dungannon 10 points clear of Tim McCann’s basement boys – a sizeable gap for a Distillery side that have taken just 11 points all season.

Dungannon dominated the first half, with new signing James Costello proving a real handful.

But Distillery improved after half-time. Andy Hunter spurned their best chance when he headed wide from Aaron Traynor’s cross.

DGN SWIFTS: Morgan, Montgomery, C Lavery (Douglas, 70, Cahoon, 73), Hazley, Hutchinson, Grieve, S Lavery (PJ Lavery, 13), Brennan, Harpur, Friars, Costello

Subs not used: McMinn, Cahoon, Glackin

LISBURN DISTILLERY: Windrum, Smyth, Hunter, McCullough, Davidson, McCann (Melly, 59), Liggett (Beggs, 81), Traynor (Hall, 71), Ferguson, Hughes, Forsythe

Subs not used: Stinson, Halliday

Referee: Raymond Crangle (Belfast)