Queen’s started with the same line up which started in the mid-week win against Sport & Leisure, for the first of two games in a week against Lisburn Distillery.
The home side had the better of the early exchanges and took the lead after 23 minutes. Jonathan McGaw has scored spectacular goals against us in recent seasons and he added another today when he struck a great shot from nearly 40 yards, the ball flying into the net with Queen’s keeper Declan Brown rooted to the spot. As Queen’s came more into the game, Matt Hughes free kick found Connor Mulholland who, unmarked, headed over the bar. Eamon Fyfe and Daniel Hanna both headed wide as Queen’s finished the half strongly. Aaron Harris came close for Distillery, his curling shot just wide of the far post.
After the break Fyfe broke clear on the left side of the box and his left foot drive was brilliantly palmed over the bar by Distillery keeper Jonah Nicholl. Ten minutes into the half Distillery lost Gary Workman to a straight red card for striking an opponent. The home side now brought on Stephen Hislop to play in the centre of midfield and sat back making it difficult to break them down. Stuart Harper had a chance with a header following a corner but his effort was straight at the keeper.
Numerous balls into the Distillery box were well defended and with five minutes left Paul Young gained possession, ran through on goal and slotted the ball home past Brown’s dive. Queen’s Ciaran O’Hare was sent off for two yellow cards and in the dying moments Nicholl saved well from Ryan McCready and from Paddy Donnelly, as the home side gained their third win from three games.
This was a disappointing day on which Queen’s had enough chances to win the game but none were taken. We will get another chance on next Saturday when we return to Ballyskeagh in the second round of the Steel & Sons Cup.
Next is a league game away to Dundela on Tuesday 22nd August, ko 6:45pm