Match Report – Irish Cup – Queens 6 v Lisburn Distillery 0
Tennent’s Irish Cup – Fifth Round
Queens University 6 v Lisburn Distillery 0
After a bright start, which, on five minutes, saw Alan McMurtry delivering a decent cross into the box to Matthew Swann whose header came off the bar and out, Distillery’s Irish Cup hopes for 2019 were blown away by a quality display by the league leaders.
The deadlock was broken as early as the 12th minute as Matthew Hughes brought the ball down and faked a shot fooling McMurtry which in turn gave himself space inside the box. He fired a shot goalwards which crashed off the Whites crossbar but with the Whites slow to react the ball fell kindly to Ben Mulgrew who picked his spot to drive home past Nicholl to make it one nil.
Three minutes later it was 2-0 as the ball was driven in to the box and fell to Ciaran O’Hare who chipped it on to the cross bar with the rebound once again falling kindly for the hosts this time for Ryan McCready, who opened his account for the day, tapping the ball in to the open net.
Another goal for Queens soon followed in the 19th minute as Leon Bonnes in the middle of Distillery’s half, chipped the ball into the path of O’Hare who volleyed his shot goalward only for it, for the third time on the day, to canon off the cross bar and once again fall kindly to a Queens forward, this time to Ryan McCready again to get his second of the day tapping it in the open goal.
It was the three minute curse once again as three became four when on 22 minutes Queen’s Joshua Corry was allowed to break down the right wing running past two players before playing the ball in to the box for the unmarked McCready to tap in and in doing so completing his hat-trick.
Distillery tried to force a comeback as a cross in to the box by McMurtry almost found Beta who was just too late getting there and the chance fell away.
Worse was to come for the Whites when they were reduced to ten men when Michael O’Hanlon was given a straight red card after being adjudged by the referee for tackling a Queens player from behind.
Half time came and with the Whites trailing 0-4 and down to ten men the second half was always going to be a matter of damage limitation however even this was hit when Queens Christopher Middleton converted a penalty in to the bottom left hand corner on 56 minutes.
Once again the three minute curse struck as on 59 minutes there was another goal for Queens as, following a scramble to clear the ball in the box, Bonnes turned to place the ball in top corner, which was the sixth and final nail in Distillery’s coffin.
6-0 then to Queens it finished and indeed it could have been worse only for a fine penalty save from Whites ‘keeper Nicholl to thwart Queens Ronan Young
A day to be forgotten then for Lisburn Distillery and one from which they need to bounce back quickly.
Report by Johnny Millar
Distillery starting lineup; Nicholl, McMurtry, Curran, Moore, Reid, Wright, O’Hanlon, Harris (C), Beta, Young, Swann.
Subs; Byrne (for Swann), McCaw (for Harris), McCullough (for Moore),Storey.
David Hunter’s full picture gallery from this game can be found @ https://flic.kr/s/aHsmyYUrdo