Match report – Irish Cup Second round – Lisburn Distillery 2 v Wellington Rec 0
Tennent’s Irish Cup Second round
Lisburn Distillery 2 vs Wellington Rec 0
Distillery started off looking the stronger of the two sides, looking likely to score in the opening minutes as Beta chased down a ball into the box and giving himself space away from the defender to take his shot off, unfortunately however it went straight into the keeper’s hands.
This miss almost proved costly for the Whites as in the 17th minute, Wellington defender, Joel O’Hara, found himself with space to attack the right wing and he was able to play a ball in behind the Distillery defence for Jack Spencer, who ran to the penalty spot to receive the ball. O’Hara’s pass had just enough on it to evade the sliding legs of Distillery defender Anthony Byrne, who just about did enough to throw Spencer off his shot.
This miss for Wellington proved costly as a minute later the Whites went up the other end and made it one nil. Their first goal of the game came from Nick Beta, who tapped in from five yards to get his first of the day.
Distillery came close to adding to the score line in the 26th minute as McCaw played through Young who beat the offside trap and was all alone with just the keeper to beat, however his touch around the keeper, gave him a tight angle to aim for towards the net and he dragged the ball inches past the open goal.
Young overcame the offside trap again in the 44th minute, this time he played in McCaw who’s shot was hit straight at the keeper, who denied Distillery another goal, just before the break.
However, Wellington’s keeper was not able to keep the Whites out for long, as Beta got his second goal in the game, in similar fashion to his first, just two minutes after the referee blew his whistle for the game to commence again.
Distillery continued to apply pressure on Wellington, constantly beating the defensive line and having many chances on goal, a few of these chances were created by Stephen Hislop, who failed to add to the score line as he beat the offside trap on the 74th minute, and went one on one with the Wellington keeper, who did enough to put him off his shot and the ball was able to be cleared away.
Distillery were denied from scoring one more time before the referee’s final whistle blew, their last effort me on the 91st minute as Dugan’s shot rattled off the post.
Team Lineup: Kennedy, Corry, Curran, Hill, Byrne, Hislop, O’Hanlon, Beta, McCaw, Young, Wright. Subs: Nicholl, Harris, Moore, Dugan, Ferguson
Substitutions: Nicholl (on for Kennedy), Dugan (on for McCaw), Moore (on for Hill), Harris, Ferguson.
David Hunter’s full picture gallery from this game can be found on Flickr @ https://flic.kr/s/aHsmju6B3o