Queen’s University 3 Lisburn Distillery 1

Intermediate Cup (Round 5)

This was the fourth game of the season against Lisburn Distillery, Queen’s having won two of the previous encounters.

The visitors started brightly but it was Queen’s who opened the scoring on 15 minutes, when Matt Hughes got the vital touch in a goalmouth scramble after Patrick Saunders had saved from Ciaran O’Hare. Ten minutes later it was 2-0. O’Hare picked up a miss hit clearance, surged forward and drove the ball past Saunders from just inside the box. Ryan McCready headed home only to have his effort ruled out for pushing. Matthew Ferguson then had a great chance for Distillery when he broke clear only to see his shot saved by Declan Brown.

After the break Ferguson’s close range header was saved by Brown’s foot but Distillery were soon back in the game. Timmy Clarke’s long cross from the left wing was spectacularly headed in by Ferguson. It was a most entertaining, end to end, game now, and the visitors came close when a great volley from the left wing clipped the top of Queen’s crossbar. In injury time Brown came to his side’s rescue again when he saved a one on one. Right at the end Queen’s broke away on the left and David Elliott lashed the ball into the roof of the net from a very narrow angle.

This was an excellent game and a hard won victory. The fact that Declan Brown was Queen’s player of the match, tells how tough it was.

On Saint Patrick’s day Queen’s are home to Sport & Leisure in the league, ko is 12 noon which should give the students plenty of time to wreck the Holyland.