Match report Steel & Sons Cup Second Round – Lisburn Distillery 9 v Ballymena Under 20’s 1
25th August 2018 Steel and Sons Cup Second Round
Lisburn Distillery 9 (nine) vs Ballymena United Under 20s 1
Lisburn Distillery faced Ballymena United Under 20s in the second round of the Steel and Sons Cup were they came away with a comfortable 9-1 victory to put them into the next round were they will face Brantwood FC.
Distillery started the game off well, scoring in the first minute through Nick Beta as the ball fell nicely for him in the box and he was able to tap it past the keeper to make it one nil.
Distillery continued to apply the pressure early in the first half coming close to goal on the 10th minute through new signing, O Hanlon, who’s shot was parried by the keeper straight to the feet of Dugan, inside the six-yard box, however, the keeper was able to get straight to his feet to stop Dugan’s shot and sent the ball out for a corner.
Three minutes later it wasn’t the Ballymena keeper keeping the ball from the net but this time the post which was struck denying Aaron Harris’ free kick from finding the back of the net.
However, The Whites eventually were able to find the net again right before the first half came to a close this time through Barry Moore’s deep ball into the box finding O Hanlon who composed himself well and picked out the ball to Ferguson, who fired in from five yards out.
It didn’t take long for the Whites to get their first goal in the second half, with Dugan scoring the third goal of the game within the first two minutes of the referee’s whistle for the second half. The move started from captain, Harris who played his free kick short to Hislop who made a run which drew his defender with him allowing space for a first time ball to be played to Dugan on the left side of the box, behind the wall and Dugan was able to place the ball in the right side netting of the net past the keeper. The routine worked perfectly and seemed to have been practised to perfection on the training ground.
Minutes later, Matthew Ferguson seemed as if he was going to add to his goal tally as he ran on to a ball played into the box by O Hanlon, however, his shot banged off the crossbar denying the striker his goal.
This miss looked like it may have been crucial as Ballymena pulled a goal back on the 58th minute as Lee O’Brien received the ball on the left wing just outside the box and, with seeing Jonah Nicholl off his line, was able to chip the ball over him and in to the bottom right corner of the net.
However, it was soon clear that this was just a consolation goal as the Whites began to turn up the heat scoring six more goals in quick succession, the first of the six coming on the 62nd minute as Dugan played the ball out to Clarke on the left, who whipped it to the back post for Ferguson to head in.
Paul Young made his first contribution to the game minutes after coming on as a sub for Matthew Ferguson, assisting Nick Beta for his second goal of the day as the onslaught continued.
Beta didn’t have to wait long to get his third goal of the game, finishing his hat trick on the 74th minute as he cut inside on his left in the box and slotted past the keeper.
Alan McMurtry got his name on the score sheet minutes later, swinging the ball with his left foot in to the box only for the ball to deceive the keeper and dip into the net hitting off the post in a shot which was intended as a cross for someone to get on the end of.
Beta found his name on the goal sheet again, this time by accident as he was in the way of Dugan’s volley inside the box, which deflected off Beta and sneaked in past the keeper.
Distillery’s final goal came on the 83rd minute and this time there was nobody in front of Dugan as he latched on to the end of a cross and calmly placed the ball in the back of the net to make it 9-1 to the Whites.
Report by Johnny Millar
Team Lineup: Nicholl, McMurtry, Moore, Reid, Corry, Hislop, Harris, O Hanlon, Dugan, Beta, Ferguson.
Substitutions: Clarke (on for Corry), McCaw (on for Hislop), Wright, Byrne, Young (on for Ferguson)
David Hunter’s full selection of picture from this game can be found on our Flickr page @ https://flic.kr/s/aHsmmxm1iG