Match report – Lisburn Distillery 3 v Kilmore Rec 2
14th December 2019- Intermediate Cup –
Second Round – Lisburn Distillery 3 v Kilmore Rec FC 2
Ahead of kick off in this match the players of Lisburn Distillery and their opposition Kilmore Rec joined together along with the rest of the football family in Northern Ireland to pay their respects through a minutes silence for Carrick Rangers player Jerry Thompson who had died so tragically a few days before.
The Whites would have started this tie against junior side Kilmore Rec as favourites however as is often the case they were made to fight all the way before eventually making their way into the third round of the competition.
The Whites settled the quickest of the two sides as Kilmore adapted to the playing surface and indeed they were first to create a clear opening with only two minutes played however the chance was tame as Andy Long’s header was easily turned over for a corner by visiting keeper Chris Turley. Turley then was involved once again as, from the resultant corner, he dropped the ball and it fell to the feet of Distillery defender Mark Stewart but somehow from close range he managed to scoop the ball over the crossbar as opposed to hitting the target.
After this early flurry chances for either side were limited although Kilmore’s Josh Smyth did have a decent headed effort which went narrowly wide on 33 minutes.
Four minutes later and controversy as referee Jonathan Reid awarded the visitors a penalty after an alleged handball by Whites midfielder James Wright. The award looked harsh and understandably drew a massive protest from the players in white but, as ever, their grumbles were ignored and the penalty stood.
Up stepped Kilmore’s Eoin McGrattan to place a low drive towards the corner of the net but Whites ‘keeper Jonah Nicholl guessed correctly diving to parry the ball and making a great save much to the brief relief of the home support. The relief was however brief, a few seconds to be exact, as with Kilmore players charging in for the now loose ball the penalty taker McGrattan was hooked from behind by Chris Getty and a second penalty awarded.
A change of penalty taker ensued with Joe McKinney taking on the responsibility and he made no mistake finishing in the same place as his predecessor to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
It looked like the Whites would go into the break trailing however Mikey Withers had other ideas as, right on the stroke of half time, a cross into the box from Aaron Harris was turned back into his path by Paul Young and Withers made no mistake drilling a great effort into the corner of the net to level the scores.
Second half once again saw little between the sides although on 52 minutes disaster struck for the hosts and in particular home keeper Jonah Nicholl. A seemingly harmless back pass from defender Chris Getty was misjudged by Nicholl and the combination of that and a hard surface saw him lose control of the ball allowing Kilmore’s Smyth to nip in before dispossessing him and finishing. Nicholl buried his head in disbelief and for once the reliable shot stopper had made an error, the number of which he has made this season having been few and far between.
To their credit the Whites battled back and neat combination of play between Michael O’Hanlon and Aaaron Harris on 68 minutes eventually led to a cross coming into the unmarked Withers who headed home from close distance for his second, and Distillery’s second of the match.
Two each now and all to play for and indeed seven minutes later the home teams efforts were rewarded as they took the lead for the first time following a well struck shot from O’Hanlon from distance which deceived Kilmore keeper Turley who could only watch on as the effort left him flat footed.
After this it was simply a matter of keeping the opposition out and, despite a lot of hard work and graft from their opponents, the Whites achieved that objective with ease.
Full time score: Lisburn Distillery 3 v Kilmore Rec 2
LDFC Line up: Nicholl, Long, Clarke, Curley, Stewart, Getty, O’Hanlon, Harris (C), Withers, Young, Wright
Subs: M. Rooney, McAlea, Grattan (for O’Hanlon)
Report by Colin Hopkins – David Hunter’s full picture gallery from this game can be found @ https://flic.kr/s/aHsmK7mfRm