Crumlin Star 3 v Lisburn Distillery 2 Match Report
27th October 2018
Steel and Sons Cup quarter final
Lisburn Distillery 2 vs Crumlin Star 3
It was a slow start for the Whites who unsurprisingly went one nil down to Crumlin in the 21st minute as a corner was delivered in to the box and fell to Ciaran Murphy who tapped it in to give the hosts a deserved lead.
Whites defender Conor Curran came close to equalling the scores a minute later as his free kick on the edge of the box, whistled over the bar just above top right corner of the net.
The Whites lifted their game a little with McCaw’s free kick a few minutes later forcing a good save from the Crumlin Star ‘keeper, but only as far as the feet of Harris, who was standing a few yards out, but his shot was deflected and then fell kindly to the feet of Byrne but the surprised defender took too long to get his shot off and the ball was deflected out.
However despite the odd bit of pressure from Distillery it was Crumlin who constantly looked most likely to score coming close again in the 63rd minute a good effort being headed wide but this only delayed things as they soon added a second goal in the 65th minute as a defensive mistake allowed James Doyle to run free one on one with Whites ‘keeper Nicholl, the calm heeaded striker slotting the ball into the bottom right hand corner.
Crumlin’s third goal came in the 83rd minute courtesy of Ciaran Doyle and from there it looked like the Whites were down and out, however the flow of the game changed massively when Crumlin were reduced to ten men after Aidan McNeill was dismissed for a second yellow card. All of a sudden the Whites had a slither of hope and they soon capitalised on this in the 85th minute as McCaw’s pass in to the box found Ferguson, who was able to tap in from five yards out.
Distillery were able to get one more goal back in the 92nd minute through Beta, however, it was too little, too late, as the final whistle blew with Distillery exiting the Steel and Sons Cup for another season.
Report by Johnny Millar
Distillery team: Nicholl, Byrne, Curran, Moore, Reid, Hislop, McCaw, Harris, Ferguson, Dugan, Wright
Subs: Beggs, Beta (for Dugan), Swann , Storey, O’Hanlon
A full collection of pictures by David Hunter from the game can be found on our Flickr page @ https://flic.kr/s/aHsmuWmECi