Match Report 11/08/18 Lisburn Distillery 2 v Crumlin United 1
Lisburn Distillery v Crumlin United – Steel and Sons Cup 1st Round (11/08/2018)
Lisburn Distillery started their home campaign on Saturday with a Steel and Sons Cup fixture against Crumlin United and were no doubt boosted by last week’s 4-3 win over Queens, in contrast Crumlin had lost their first two games of the season 1-0 and 3-0 respectively.
As was perhaps to be expected the opening stages of the game were a cagey affair, the Whites had some quick-fire corners in the first few minutes but none of this really came close to threatening Marcin Farniok in the Crumlin goal. The first real chance of the game came the way of the visitors in the 4th minute when Patrick McCaffrey headed goalwards but his effort was straight at Distillery custodian Jonah Nicholl and then a few minutes later the home side had their first real chance of the game when a Timmy Clarke free-kick was not cleared but when the ball fell to Aaron Harris he couldn’t beat Farniok.
In the 11th minute Distillery were on the attack again when James Wright played a good ball out wide to Paul Young whose first time cross was aimed towards Francis Dugan but as the Whites new summer signing rose to meet the ball the danger was punched clear by Farniok who had been alert to the danger. At this time the Whites were largely controlling the game, without having had too many chances, but Distillery hearts were in their mouths in the 18th minute when a long ball forward from Farniok was not fully cleared by Barry Moore but fortunately the Distillery defender recovered well and managed to play the ball off an opposition attacker for a goal-kick.
While there were not many chances coming from either team in open play, it looked like it was going to be a set-piece that separated the teams at this point and Colin McIlwaine’s side went close on two occasions from corners, firstly when Moore threw himself at a Harris corner but was just beaten to the ball by a Crumlin defender and then again a few minutes later Farniok could only punch another corner as far as Johnny McCaw but his first time effort was blocked by another defender.
Distillery had perhaps edged the game overall so far but Crumlin did look dangerous on the occasions when they did get forward and the Whites had close calls in the 26th and 34th minutes respectively. First a McCafferty cross flew across Nicholl’s goal and when it landed for Gary Dyer he was unable to control the ball and it ended up going behind for a goal-kick, and secondly when John Donnan played in Gerald Mallon but with only the keeper to beat the Crumlin player missed the target when he really should have done better.
With Crumlin beginning to grow into the game more and with less than ten minutes to go it was a relief when the Whites managed to break the deadlock in the 37th minute as Dugan and Young linked up well down the left hand side and the latter crossed into the box where the ball was met by Ferguson who finished into Farniok’s bottom left hand corner. The rest of the half was then played out with the home side back in control of things but unable to extend their lead by more in the first period of play.
Half-Time: Lisburn Distillery 1 Crumlin United 0
The second-half began in a similar fashion to the first with not many chances in the opening stages for either team but Ferguson did go close to doubling his and Distillery’s tally in the 50th minute when he met Dugan’s cross with his head but the ball dropped just wide of Farniok’s goal. The Whites front two linked up again a few minutes later when great work from Dugan saw him play in Ferguson, last season’s top goalscorer beat the offside trap but the normally clinical striker blazed his effort wide of the target. There were further chances for Distillery to extend their lead through Young and Johnny McCaw but they found their paths denied by a combination of the Crumlin defenders and goalkeeper.
There was another warning shot for Distillery on the hour mark when a free-kick from Crumlin was sent into the danger area and was not cleared at the first attempt however after a bit of a scramble in the penalty area Joe Reid managed to get his foot to the ball and clear it to safety.
The Whites were the width of the crossbar away from doubling their lead ten minutes later when Alan McMurtry tried his luck from outside the area but for the second week in a row he found his path to goal denied by the woodwork. Three minutes later and Distillery did double their lead as Dugan, who was excellent throughout, did well to hold the ball up and cross it into the box from the right were it was headed down to the feet of skipper Harris with the midfielder managing to escape the attentions of his marker to finish well past Farniok.
This second goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of the resilient Crumlin United side and the rest of the game was played out with Distillery in control and looking pretty comfortable. The Whites reward for victory in the first round is a trip to take on Ballymena United U20’s on the 25th August but first we kick off our league campaign away to Banbridge Town next Saturday.
Report by Cameron Moore
Full-time: Lisburn Distillery 2 Crumlin United 0
Lisburn Distillery Line-up: Nicholl, McMurtry, Clarke, Moore, Reid, Wright, McCaw, Harris, Ferguson, Dugan, Young
Subs: Saunders, Byrne, Beta (for McCaw), Hislop (for Young)
A full set of picture from the game can be found on our Flickr page @ https://flic.kr/s/aHsmgKRsUW