Match Report 04/08/18 Queens 3 v Lis Distillery 4
8th August 2018 Bet McClean League Cup First Round
Queens 3 v Lisburn Distillery 4
Lisburn Distillery kicked off their 2018/19 season with a win over Queens University in the BetMcClean League Cup.
Both teams played each other three times last season, with Queens being victors two out of three of their encounters, therefore the Whites were due a win.
Distillery opened the scoreing inside the first minute as McMurtry’s cross into the box was headed out by the Queen’s defence, only as far as Distillery striker, Matthew Ferguson whose overhead kick found the top left corner of the net.
It didn’t take long for James Wright to add to the scores, converting another Alan McMurtry cross, three minutes into the game to make it 2-0.
Ferguson came close to getting another goal for the team a few minutes later as he got his on to the end of another cross, which he was unable to direct his header into the net and the ball rattled off the crossbar, saving Queens from going three nil down in the first five minutes.
This missed chance almost cost the Whites a few minutes later as a misjudged header at the back allowed the Queen’s striker to run through one on one with goalkeeper, Jonah Nicholl, who was able to put the striker off enough as his shot went wide off the mark.
Distillery capitalised on this missed opportunity scoring their third goal on the 27th minute, this time Matthew Ferguson got underneath the crossbar and got his second goal of the game as he got his head on the end of Captain Aaron Harris’ free kick, which was delivered from just inside the Queen’s half. The ball was floated into the far post where Ferguson was able to head the ball across goal and into the left side of the net, chipping the keeper, who had his arm at full stretch.
Queens were then saved by the linesman from further punishment on the 30th minute as new boy, Francis Dugan’s goal was ruled offside.
The luck was with Queens again eight minutes later when they were saved by the crossbar again, this time the woodwork denying Alan McMurtry from scoring a volley from about 25 yards out.
Distillery came back out for the second half in similar fashion as they started the first, scoring their fourth goal on the 51st minute and this time Dugan was onside as he ran on to a through ball played in by Timmy Clarke before confidently tucking the ball away into the bottom right corner of the net.
Queens looked to find a way back into the game in the second half, scoring their first goal on the 60th minute as Ryan McCready was left free inside the box and had time to head past Nicholl.
After their first goal Queens began to grow in confidence and they added to the score line three minutes later as the Queens winger got in and around the Distillery defence before squaring the ball across the mouth of the goal towards the threatening McCready who once again was unmarked and was able to place the ball in to the back of the net.
Queens were able to get another goal as the game came to a close, this time from centre back Ryan Hanna, who was able to tap the ball in from about six yards out, however it was too little, too late as the Whites were able to shield the ball for the remaining few minutes to secure their position in the next round of the cup.
Report by Jonny Millar
Team Line-up: Nicholl, McMurtry, Clarke, Byrne (off for Beta), Reid, Wright, McCaw, Harris, Ferguson, Dugan, Young.
Unused subs: Saunders, Swann, Storey
David Hunter’s full picture gallery from the game can be found on our official Flickr page @ https://flic.kr/s/aHsmgnroyb