Match Report – Lis.Distillery 1 v Queens 1 24/11/18
Bluefin Sport Premier Intermediate League
Lisburn Distillery 1 vs Queens University 1
After a recent run of league draws Distillery went into this game needing to bounce back against Queens in Saturday’s game to regain some momentum as the league continues.
Queens looked the most likely to get the opener with a free kick in the 3rd minute as they whipped the ball in to the box, towards Philip Traynor, who flicked the ball towards the back post, but it went just wide of both the inrushing players and the far post.
The Whites then went down the other end in the 15th minute, this time, Harris’s corner was delivered in and headed out by the defender to the edge of the box were Moore was waiting to volley the ball back towards the goal only to see it canon off the post the rebound catching striker Nick Beta off guard and his mishit effort was easily gathered by visiting ‘keeper Declan Brown who picked it up.
After this however Queens looked the better side and it was they who opened the scores in the 20th minute, through Christopher Middleton, who received the ball inside the box on the right and faked the shot, tricking the defender and creating space for himself to take the shot from the tight angle, in to the left side netting. A well struck effort but one which the Whites will wonder how he was able to score from such a tight angle.
Queens came close to adding to the score line before the half came to an end as Ryan McCready got played through 1 v 1 with Nicholl, but he was unable to place the ball far enough in to the right corner and Nicholl was able to parry the ball to safety.
Distillery tried to get back in to the game in the second half, coming close to equalising the score in the 68th minute as Harris chipped the ball up towards Matthew Ferguson who had his back to goal, took the ball on the chest and turned and volleyed it straight at the keeper who spilt it, however, there was nobody there to follow it up.
With the Whites now coming well back into the game they continued to bombard the Queens defence and looked to be the stronger team in the second half and were finally awarded for their efforts in the last minute of play as they were awarded a penalty which was duly converted by Alan McMurtry. 1-1 then the final score, a disappointing result in the for the Whites however given the balance of play probably the correct outcome.
The Whites can now look ahead to next weekends Irish Cup game v Comber Rec.
Distillery starting lineup; Nicholl, McMurtry, Reid, Moore, Curran, O’Hanlon, Wright, Harris (C), Young, Beta, Ferguson.
Subs; Beggs, Hislop (for Young), Dugan (for Beta), Byrne, Swann (for O’Hanlon)
Report by Johnny Millar
David Hunter’s picture gallery from this match can be found on our Flickr page @ https://flic.kr/s/aHsmwzTn7K