Published Tuesday, 30 August 2011
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Playing some scintillating football, they recovered from an early setback to score three first half goals to lead 3-1 at the break.
But Neal Gawley's 83rd minute strike set up a nervy finish for David Jeffrey's side.
Jordan Hughes set up Gary Liggett, who headed the Whites into a third minute lead.
But their joy was short lived as Linfield were awarded a penalty six minutes later after the impressive Michael Carvill had been fouled in the box.
Rory Patterson made a good job of the spot kick and then finished off an exquisite pass from Carvill shooting low into the far corner from a narrow angle to make it 2-1.
The best was yet to come as Jamie Mulgrew beat several defenders before sending a vicious shot into the roof of the net shortly before the break.
Carvill saw his shot hit the woodwork early in the second half and then Mulgrew was denied a second goal when his effort was tipped over by Whites keeper Billy Brennan.
Gawley replied with seven minutes left as Distillery staged an admirable recovery but the Blues held on though they should have won with more comfort.
Glentoran were held to a 1-1 draw by Coleraine at the Oval, Stephen Carson putting the east Belfast side ahead against his former club in the first minute.
But Curtis Allen grabbed a 73rd minute equaliser as the Bannsiders earned a share of the points.
Portadown stay level on points with Linfield after coming from behind to beat Dungannon Swifts at Shamrock Park, goals from Wes Boyle and Kevin Braniff cancelling out Shea Campbell's opener.
Premiership newcomers Carrick Rangers scored a surprise 2-0 win at Ballymena while Cliftonville defeated struggling Glenavon 5-3 at Solitude.
On Monday, Donegal Celtic recovered from conceding the opening goal to take all three points from their meeting with Crusaders.
Stephen Baxter's side got off to the perfect start in front of the live television cameras when Michael Halliday chested home Stephen McBride's 13th minute cross.
But Stephen McAlorum drew DC level in the 66th minute, before Paul McVeigh snatched the Suffolk Road men's 86th minute winner when he glanced home Eamon McAllister's cross.
Carling Premiership results:
Tuesday 30 August:
Lisburn Distillery 2 - 3 Linfield
Distillery: Liggett 4, Gawley 83
Linfield: Patterson 9 (penalty), 20, Mulgrew 43
Ballymena United 0 - 2 Carrick Rangers
Carrick: McAlinden 38, Heatley 77
Cliftonville 5 - 3 Glenavon
Cliftonville: Caldwell 19, 65 (penalty), C Scannell 41, B Holland 52, McMullan 88
Glenavon: McCann 8, Miskimmin 29, D Magee 89
Glentoran 1 - 1 Coleraine
Glentoran: Carson 1
Coleraine: Allen 73
Portadown 2 - 1 Dungannon Swifts
Portadown: Boyle 19, Braniff 28
Swifts: Campbell 7
Monday 29 August:
Crusaders 1 - 2 Donegal Celtic
Crusaders: Halliday 13
DC: McAlorum 66, P McVeigh 86