Match Report – Banbridge Town 3 v Lisburn Distillery 1 20/10/18
Match Intermediate Cup First Round
20th October 2018 – Banbridge Town 3 vs Lisburn Distillery 1
The game might have ended very differently if Distillery’s goal had have counted in the 6thminute as O’Hanlon was ruled offside as he tapped in McMurtry’s cross into the box however after this bright start the Whites performance dipped allowing the hosts to gradually take control of the game.
Banbridge were able to capitalise on this and they soon opened the scores in the 11th minute as Michael Allison played a driven ball in to the box along the ground, just outside the edge of the six yard area to Stephen McCavitt, who tapped it in. After this early blow it was the hosts who held the upper hand with McCavitt and Acheson both being denied by the busy Whites keeper Jonah Nicholl. Then on 33 minutes the Whites seemed set for a lifeline as Alan McMurtry went tumbling in the Banbridge penalty area however the referee clearly saw the incident in a totally different light booking McMurtry for simulation.
As the second half commenced the Whites came close to scoring again in the 49th minute as McCaw beat his man down the left wing getting a teasing cross in towards Ferguson who couldn’t get enough on it to direct it into the net.
Another missed chance for the visitors then and one they were to pay for as a long ball from the Banbridge defence saw McCavitt beating the out rushing Distillery goalkeeper Nicholl to the ball and duly placing it over him and into the unprotected goal.
Distillery however kept battling and indeed got the third goal of the game, this time substitute Francis Dugan shot from the left side of the box with his shot deflected off a defender’s head completely deceiving home keeper Gerard McErlean and going in off the far post.
Distillery joy however was short lived with only three further minutes on the clock when a seemingly innocent challenge from McMurtry saw the referee somewhat harshly take out a second yellow card for the defender leaving the Whites down to ten men.
Indeed this was to get even worse as they further reduced to nine as Paul Young also picked up a second yellow card for apparent dissent.
There was no way back after this and it was hardly a surprise when Banbridge got their third and final goal of the game in the 87th minute as the ball fell for Allison who picked his spot on the bottom left hand corner.
Match report by Johnny Millar
Lisburn Distillery line up: Nicholl, McMurtry, Curran, Hill, Byrne, McCaw, Harris (C), Wright, Young, O’Hanlon, Ferguson.
Subs:- Beggs, Beta, Storey (for Byrne), Swann (for McCaw), Dugan (for O’Hanlon)
David Hunter’s full picture gallery from the game can be found on Flickr @ https://flic.kr/s/aHsmpCzsXU