Match report – Lisburn Distillery 6 v Brantwood 1
15/09/18 Steel & Sons Cup Third Round
Lisburn Distillery 6 v Brantwood 1
Lisburn Distillery welcomed our old friends Brantwood to New Grosvenor on Saturday for this Steel and Sons Cup third round fixture.
Distillery manager Colin McIlwaine made two changes to the side that faced Newington in the league two weeks ago with Nick Beta and James Wright both dropping to the bench this time with deadline day signings Lewis Harrison and Conor Curran coming in for their debuts.
The opening twenty minutes of the game produced little to talk about albeit the home side were by and large controlling possession without creating much goalmouth action.
It was just after the twenty minute mark before we seen the first effort on goal of note. Matthew Ferguson beating Brantwood keeper Ross Hunter to a loose ball outside the area but the Distillery danger man’s lobbed effort dropped the wrong side of the crossbar. A few minutes later it was Ferguson who was again causing problems as his looping header from a right-hand cross hit the crossbar before the danger was cleared, the Whites top scorer was getting closer.
The game turned hugely in favor of the home side in the last five minutes of the half as firstly Brantwood substitute Curtis Dempster was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on ‘keeper Jonah Nicholl, the home ‘keeper stretchered off as a result of the challenge and duly being replaced by another debutant, this time recent signing Craig Kennedy.
Distillery didn’t take long making their man advantage from the red card count as, just ahead of the half-time break, Ferguson was able to convert skipper Aaron Harris’ cross from close range to edge the Ballyskeagh men into a 1-0 lead at the interval.
Half-time: Lisburn Distillery 1 Brantwood 0
The second half started with the Whites very much in control of things but it would be after the hour mark before they doubled their lead when Ferguson added his second goal of the game on 63 minutes. The floodgates had now been opened and it didn’t take long for Distillery to extend their lead further as five minutes later Ferguson completed his hat-trick when he finished off a counter-attacking move when a rare Brantwood attack broke down.
At this point Distillery introduced Nick Beta and Paul Young and the former almost made an instant impact as he had an effort on goal from inside the six yard box but he found his path blocked by Brantwood ‘keeper Hunter. A fourth goal was however added on 76 minutes when Alan McMurtry managed to deceive Hunter with the deftest of touches from a goal bound free-kick.
Brantwood had offered very little going forward in the match with neither Nicholl or Kennedy being tested during the game but, to their credit, the North Belfast side kept going and did manage to pull a goal back in the 83rd minute through Denis Vesely whose effort gave debutant Kennedy in the Distillery goal no chance with what was the goal of the game, a thundering shot from outside the penalty area.
Any slim hopes of a Brantwood comeback were however soon quashed within two minutes of the restart as substitute Beta made no mistake after finding himself with another chance from close range.
Beta, perhaps looking to stake a claim for a place in the starting lineup against Armagh next Saturday, wasn’t finished yet as in added time he turned his defender inside the area and fired a great strike past Hunter to score his second goal and complete the scoring for the day.
A comfortable win then for the home side and a result which sees them moving into round four of the competition where they will now face Shankill United at home.
Match report by Cameron Moore
Team lineup: Nicholl, Corry, Curran, Moore, Reid, Harris ©, Harrison, McMurtry, Ferguson, O’Hanlon, Dugan.
Substitutions: Kennedy (on for Nicholl, 43), James Wright, Jonathan McCaw, Paul Young (on for Dugan, 72), Beta (on for O’Hanlon, 72).
David Hunter’s full picture gallery from the game can be found on our Flickr page @ https://www.flickr.com/gp/156507118@N06/P6138H