Match Report – Crumlin United 1 v Lisburn Distillery 3
24th August 2019
Crumlin United 1 vs Lisburn Distillery 3
Steel and Sons Cup Second Round
Distillery started their season off with a win in the second round of the Steel and Sons Cup, beating Crumlin United 3-1, sealing their progression to round 3 and boosting their spirits as they now prepare to face newly promoted Premier league side Larne in the League Cup on Tuesday night.
Crumlin started the game off well as Hughes drove out from the back in the 6th minute of the game before lofting the ball forward over the Distillery defensive line for Mooney to run on to and bring down before playing the ball to Watters on the edge of the box Thankfully for the Whites his shot was deflected out for a corner, which was won in the air by Black, who directed his header over the bar.
However, Distillery came close to scoring down the other end, as Harris nicked the ball off a Crumlin defender, deep in the defender’s own half, and played the ball through to Rooney, who was one on one with the keeper, with time to spare, however, he rushed the shot and was unable to put the ball past his as the keeper rushed out to close him down.
Distillery were able to find the back of the net in the 22nd minute, only for the goal to be ruled out as being offside, after Rooney tapped in past the keeper, from an offside position, from a Jonny McCaw pass. In hindsight and having looked at the photographic evidence it does appear that, on this occasion anyhow, that the referee got it badly wrong on the day.
McCaw and Rooney linked up again in the 29th minute as McCaw delivered a corner in to the box, which was won in the air by Rooney, who directed his header just wide of the net.
Nevertheless, a goal eventually came for the Whites in the 38th minute, from a move which started with goalkeeper, Jonah Nicholl, who rolled the ball out to McCaw in Distillery’s half, he played it to Harris, who took a touch before turning and chipping it in to the path of the overlapping Clarke who played a low driven pass towards the back post, for McCaw, who had ran the whole way from his half, to tap in.
Distillery had a chance to double their lead on the stroke of half time as Rooney broke with the ball at the halfway line and played through O’Hnalon on to goal, however, Rooney’s pass led O’Hanlon to the left side of the box, allowing two defenders to catch up with him, forcing him further left. O’Hanlon tried to cut inside with his right foot and curled a shot towards the far post, however, his shot went wide of the mark.
This missed opportunity proved costly as Crumlin equalied at the start of the second half as Black faked a cross from the right side of the box, fooling the Distillery defender and giving him time to deliver the ball in to the box with his left foot, on a plate for Mooney, to tap in.
Crumlin should have went in front minutes later as substitute Longstaff made an impressive run down the right wing and delivered a low driven cross for an unmarked Mooney, who lent back and skied the shot from about 6 yards out.
This missed chance again proved costly for Crumlin as Stewart for the Whites picked the ball up just outside his own box, and showed great composure, in a crowded area to pick out Rooney with a through ball, putting him one on one with the keeper. This time Rooney took his time and placed the ball in the back of the net to give the Whites a 2-1 lead.
Rooney added to his goal tally in the 81st minute of the game as he ran on to a ball from Harris and chipped the keeper, to make it 3-1 to the Whites and secure their place in the next round of the cup.
Report by Johnny Millar
Distillery Lineup: Nicholl, Doyle, Clarke, Long, Stewart, B Moore, O’Hanlon, Harris, Rooney, McCaw, Wright
Subs: Beta, Byrne, Brannigan, Arterton, Nesbitt
David Hunter’s full picture gallery from this game can be found on Flickr @ https://flic.kr/s/aHsmGuoTU6