Newtowne 0 v Lisburn Distillery 2 Irish Cup – Match report
05/11/2017 Newtowne 0 Lisburn Distillery 2
by David Hunter
It wasn’t pretty but in the end the result was the main thing and two goals inside six second-half minutes were enough to send the Whites into the fourth round of this season’s Tennent’s Irish Cup – mission accomplished.
There were no less than seven changes to the starting line-up from last week’s game against Sport and Leisure Swifts including goalkeeper Pat Saunders who came in for his first start of the season.
The Whites started off the better of the sides; Alan McMurtry involved in two early incidents but it wasn’t until the twenty-second minute that the Whites went close. Paul Martin was denied by a defender’s tackle, the ball clipping the post as it went out for a corner.
After that Newtowne got stronger and Gerard Logue went close on two occasions. On 31 minutes his curling shot was well saved by Saunders, and five minutes before the break he had a better chance but volleyed well over the crossbar.
Just before the half-time whistle the Whites had another good chance after Connor Corry broke down the right and crossed but they couldn’t force the ball home. And the half was then marred by a late injury to George Douglas who unfortunately had to be taken off with what appeared a serious leg injury.
On 54 minutes Jonny McCaw had a free-kick pushed over the bar by Newtowne’s goalkeeper Dean McInness. Then the Whites made a breakthrough on 67 minutes – Paul Young crossed into the box and after efforts from Nick Beta and McMurtry, the ball came out to Matthew Ferguson on the edge of the area and he picked his spot to put the Whites in front.
Six minutes later Beta broke clear and was brought down by Newtowne’s Jamie Mills, and it was McMurtry stepped up to fire the penalty home.
Newtowne thought they had got themselves back into the game on 74 minutes however the rules do not permit the bundling of the ball and goalkeeper into the net and it was disallowed.
The Whites’ last effort fell to substitute Colin Burns on 85 minutes. After Beta’s persistence paid off, Young then crossed to the back post but Burn’s shot was blocked by a defender and went out for a corner.
Lisburn Distillery – Saunders, Corry (Burns 78), Moore (Young 62), Douglas (Reid 46), Curley, Martin, McCaw, Clarke, McMurtry, Ferguson, Beta.
Substitutes not used – Nicholl, Workman.
The full collection of pictures by David Hunter from the game can be found on the clubs official Flickr page @ https://flic.kr/s/aHskwwr2e6