Wonder Whites retain premier status

LISBURN Distillery have retained their Premier League status with a superb 3-2 win away to Newry City in the second leg of the play offs.

David Cushley put the Whites ahead on 19 minutes but Don Tierney levelled on 33 minutes before Stephen Hughes put the home side ahead four minutes later.

Gary Thompson scoed a vital equaliser in first-half injury-time.

Darragh Hanaphy missed a Newry chance and Whites keeper Billy Brennan made a great double-save before Scott Davidson's 79th-minute clinching goal.

Newry had been favourites going into Friday's second leg in the promotion/relegation clash after Tuesday's goalless draw at New Grosvenor.

And they dominated the opening half hour of the second half with Hanaphy blasting over from a tight angle after he had rounded the Whites keeper on 65.

Eight minutes later, Brennan made a brilliant double save to deny Matt Haveron and Hanaphy as Newry continued to dominate.

However against the run of play, substitute Davidson struck Distillery's third goal on 79 minutes after a Neal Gawley break.

The goal seemed to totally deflate the home side and the Whites held on to retain their Premiership status.