Match report – Queens 3 v Lisburn Distillery 1 10/03/18
Whites Cup dream ends at Queens
Lisburn Distillery crashed out of the Intermediate Cup after a 3-1 defeat at Queens in a tightly contested game at the Dub. First half goals from Matthew Hughes and Ciaran O’Hare put the students in charge but Distillery’s Matthew Ferguson got one back early in the second to set up a tense affair only for David Elliot to wrap things up for the home side in injury time.
Queens took the lead after just 15 minutes when he capitalised on some confusion in the Distillery defence to prod home beyond Pat Saunders. The students then nearly doubled their lead after 23 minutes when tricky winger Ronan Young danced his way around Alan McMurtry and Gary Workman, and found O’Hare, but the striker couldn’t get proper contact on his shot and Saunders was able to save.
However, Queens did get their second just minutes later when Saunders’ clearance landed at the feet of O’Hare, who was able to drive forward before unleashing a powerful drive that flew into the back of the net beyond the reach of the Distillery keeper.
Distillery then had a good chance to get back into the game when a fantastic Workman ball was taken down by Ferguson but the onrushing Queens keeper Declan Brown made a super stop as Ferguson tried to squeeze the ball past him.
Distillery came out battling in the second half and it only took 3 minutes for Queens’ lead to be cut in half as top goal scorer Matthew Ferguson rose the highest to head home a pinpoint cross from Timmy Clarke after some good hold up play by Paul Young.
The game then had a real end to end feel about it and Queens reminded Distillery of their danger when came very close to restoring their 2-goal lead through Ronan Young but his freekick was a whisker wide with Saunders rooted to the spot.
The away side then nearly brought the game level when Ferguson used his strength to hold up play before setting up Workman for a 25-yard drive at goal, but the midfielders fierce shot narrowly missed the target. Jonny McCaw then went close with a freekick, but his effort whistled just over the bar.
The last five minutes of the game were played at a ferocious pace with Distillery desperate to find a way to push the game to extra time. McCaw, who had run himself into the ground, worked some space for himself before shooting from the edge of the area. The shot took a big deflection but fell kindly to substitute and Distillery debutant Mikey Withers who was very unlucky to see his volley crashing off the crossbar with Brown beaten.
Workman then had a glorious chance to equalise at the death but he took too long over his shot and Brown made the save. The away side were made to rue the miss as the students then went straight up the other end and substitute David Elliot showed composure to rifle the ball past Saunders to put the game beyond doubt in injury time.
The whistle went shortly afterwards with Queens the team to march on into the semi-finals of the Intermediate Cup. It was a thrilling cup tie with both teams having plenty of chances, but it came down to who took them and who didn’t on the day.
Lisburn Distillery team: Saunders, McMurtry, Clarke, Wharry, A.Wright, Harris, McCaw, Workman, Young, Ferguson, Beta
Subs Nicholl, Curley, Reid (for Wharry), Hislop (for Young), Withers (for Beta)
Report by Lydia Campbell
David Hunter’s Full picture gallery from the game can be found @ https://flic.kr/s/aHsmcdnDWw