Lisbellaw 3 Enniskillen Town 1.

Enniskillen Town are still awaiting their first win of the season after they went down 3-1 to Lisbellaw. Lisbellaw took the lead in the opening minute of the game and never looked like being denied the three points as they dominated the game.

Town boss Rory judge admitted the best side won: “We could probably attribute all the goals we conceded to our mistakes, but at the same time I think they showed a bit more energy and deserved to take the three points,” he said. “I thought it was maybe two poor performances but I think they capitalised more on our mistakes than we did on theirs. In the first half wee huffed and puffed and there was nothing coherent about us. The midfield was fairly disjointed and we weren’t getting enough support up front. The fans could have left for the second half, but I had to stay! It was pretty poor. We improved marginally and we were a bit more competitive but we never really looked like scoring to be honest.”

“It’s been a disappointing start to the season,” acknowledged Rory as he looked back on the first two games. “We don’t want to make excuses but we had six key men who would have started the match on Saturday and to go away from home to play Lisbellaw you need your top men there and we didn’t have them. In the coming weeks we hope to be considerably stronger than we have been so far.”

Lisbellaw made the perfect start when they took the lead with their first attack of the match. Gareth Carrothers was allowed to surge through the centre of the pitch, and when he got within 25 yards of goal be unleashed a low drive that found the bottom corner.

Lisbellaw continued to look the more threatening side, and were gifted an opportunity for number two when Thomas Owens’ misplaced pass exposed his defence, and Davy Little clipped the ball over the outrushing goalkeeper to double the lead. Town had an opportunity to reduce the gap when Frank Wallace controlled a cross and drilled a right footed shot off the foot of the post, with the rebound bouncing to safety. Then Town had claims for a penalty waved away following a challenge on Mark Little.

Town could have reduced the gap with a Conor Watson header but from close range he could not keep his effort down and it sailed over the bar. At the other end Lisbellaw sealed the win when substitute Niall Keenan spotted the goalkeeper coming off his line and lifted the ball over him to make it 3-0. Watson lashed a shot into the roof of the net in the dying minutes, but it was only a consolation for Town.