Match Report – Steel and Sons Cup Round 4 – Lisburn Distillery 1 v Shankill Utd 0
Lisburn Distillery 1 vs Shankill United 0
Steel and Sons cup round 4
Given the passing of club legend, for both sides, of Bertie McMinn during the previous few days before this game this was a game which was played in sombre circumstances. Prior to kick off both sets of players and spectators joined in on a minutes applause for the former Distillery number 10 a wonderful way to pay their respects.
Onto the game itself and Distillery felt confident going in to today’s game, after previously beating Shankill 5-1 in pre-season.
They started today’s game in similar fashion to how they started the game in pre-season, coming close to opening the scores in the early minutes as Francis Dugan played Matthew Ferguson in to the box, however, the ball was slightly over hit and Ferguson was only able to reach it on the slide, not getting enough on to it, to force it past the keeper.
Anthony Crawford was the first Shankill player to pose any threat to the Whites as he was played through behind the defence, one on one with Jonah Nicholl, who was able to spread himself well and stop the striker from breaking the deadlock.
Nicholl found himself amongst the action again soon after, however this time he was helping the attack as his long ball out of his hands found Ferguson who beat the offside trap, to find himself in the box running at the keeper, however, the keeper did well to push Ferguson wide and he was unable to get the ball on target.
However, it didn’t take long or Distillery to look to attack again, McMurtry came closing to getting the opener minutes later as he faked a shot just outside the Shankill box, sending his opposing defender the wrong way and giving him space to shoot on his left foot, which was blocked by a defender, out for a corner.
Distillery were eventually able to break the deadlock scoring in the opening minutes of the second half, the chance amounted from a Shankill defensive error as the player manager Gareth McKeown sliced a volleyed clearance, inside his own box, which fell to Ferguson, who had no problem in finishing the ball in the bottom right hand corner of the net
Shankill never looked as if they were going to be able to get a goal back against the Whites, until the last minute of the game, were Distillery were saved by the crossbar as McCredie got on to the end of the Shankill corner, however, it wasn’t enough and Distillery continue on to the next round of the cup.
Distillery lineup; Nicholl, McMurtry, Curran, Hill, Reid, O’Hanlon, Harris (C), Ferguson, Dugan, Wright, Beta.
Subs; Kennedy, Hislop (for Hill), Clarke, Young (for Beta), Swann (for Dugan).
Report by Jonnny Millar
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