Printer Friendly

FOOTBALL: Whites eye fast return to top spot; First Division Round-up.

Byline: ORLA BANNON

LISBURN Distillery have the chance to reclaim top spot in the first division race at home to Carrick Rangers tomorrow night.

The Whites' big clash at Institute on Saturday was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, but they will have an immediate chance to leapfrog Paul Kee's men in this rearranged fixture.

It also gives Distillery a chance to avenge their recent Nationwide Irish Cup defeat at the hands of Carrick.

Ballymena United blew their chance of gaining ground on the top two after a 4-4 draw with Larne.

Kenny Shiels' men could have gone to within seven points of the top - but valiant Larne fought back to lead 4-3 before a late David McAlinden goal secured the draw.

Shiels must now lift his players for tomorrow night's Irish Cup replay with Omagh Town and forthcoming crunch league games with Distillery and Institute.

He said: "The next couple of weeks will go a long way to telling us whether we have a chance of being promoted."

Peter Withnell and Gareth McLaughlin's first league goal for the club gave United a 2-0 lead on Saturday.

Larne then hit back with a Mark Dickson header, before United restored their two goal advantage with Withnell's 12th goal of the campaign.

Then came the Larne fightback.. Simon Parkinson made it 3-2 from the penalty spot after Paul Byrne handled in the area and Glenn Murray equalised.

Dickson then edged the visitors ahead with a 25 yard shot before McAlinden spared Ballymena's blushes in the 76th minute when he headed home a Trevor McLernon cross.

Limavady warmed up for their midweek Irish Cup tie against Ards with a 5-0 win over Armagh.

Two from Cassidy plus goals from Loughrey, Bell and McIlmoyle completed the rout.

Carrick Rangers ended Dungannon Swifts' five game winning streak thanks to a first-half Gavin McCrystal header.

Lee Doherty's Bangor earned their seventh league win of the season with a 3-1 away win at Ballyclare Comrades.

Frankie Wilson, Dean Doherty and Stuart MacPherson were Bangor's scorers while Noel Anderson replied for Comrades.

RESULTS: Ballymena U 4 Larne 4; Dungannon S 0 Carrick R 1; Ballyclare C 1 Bangor 3; Armagh C 0 Limavady U 5

.HOW THEY STAND

IRISH LEAGUE FIRST DIVISION

P W D L Pts

Insitute 23 13 7 3 46

Lisburn Dist 23 14 4 5 46

Ballymena U 23 10 7 6 37

Dungannon S 24 9 5 10 32

Larne 24 8 8 8 32

Limavady U 25 9 5 11 32

Bangor 25 7 7 11 28

Armagh C 25 7 7 11 28

Ballyclare C 24 6 6 12 24

Carrick R 24 5 8 11 23

CAPTION(S):

GOAL: MacPherson helped secure victory for Bangor; Monday, January 28, 2002; ALL SQUARE: Mark Carlisle captained Ballymena to a 4-4 draw with Larne
COPYRIGHT 2002 MGN LTD
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2002 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

 
Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 28, 2002
Words:471
Previous Article:FOOTBALL: TITLE RACE PUT ON RED ALERT; Portadown...............1 Glentoran................0 Portadown blow championship wide open as Glens' run of...
Next Article:FOOTBALL: Morgan's double means it's Mission Possible for Blues; Crusaders.....................1 Linfield..........................3: CHRIS UNLOCKS...


Related Articles
GREEN FOR GO AS QUEENS RALLY; Deeside Sunday League.
Sport on TV; November 10-16.
PREP FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: CANOGA PARK HUNTING FOR BIG PLAYOFF UPSET.
DAILY UPDATE.
THE RISK YOU TAKE.
Grass roots.
SUNDAY FOOTBALL: Eight-goal Frost is star as Bowl crash.
Walker shock holders.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2018 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters