Arthur angry as Lisburn Distillery brace sinks PSNI
TWO superb second-half strikes from David Wright and Glen Upton sent Lisburn Distillery into the last sixteen of the Irish Cup.
PSNI had went close in the first-half when a Mark Anderson free-kick and an Ashley McDermott lob were just off target, but the Whites had more clear cut chances with Wright and Nathan McConnell denied by 'keeper Matthew Quinn.
The second-half though brought more action, goals and drama. On 59 minutes Stuart Thompson sent the ball forward, Stephen Doyle laid it inside and Wright cracked home from 25 yards.
McDermott almost equalised three minutes later, but his header was just over the cross-bar.
On 76 minutes, PSNI felt they should have had a penalty following a tackle on McDermott, but referee Wesley Campbell waved play on.
With 12 minutes left, Upton volleyed Ben Browne's free-kick into the far corner and PSNI were out. They then went down to 10 men minutes later when Peter Steele was shown a second yellow card.
"The two goals were great goals. I thought the back four were immense, we certainly didn't look under pressure at any stage because our back four controlled their strikers well," said Whites' boss Tommy Kincaid, who now has a home tie against Queen's University to look forward to.
Defeated PSNI boss Gavin Arthur wasn't happy at the way the games were handled, concluding: "In my opinion the referee has ruined the two games with two huge decisions and if we get either one of them we win the tie."
PSNI: Quinn, Gray (Bell 79), Holden, Brennan, N.Anderson, Berry, M.Anderson, McDermott, Steele, McWilliams (Leitch 71), Dobbin. Subs: Wray, Wilson, Robb.
LISBURN DISTILLERY: McBride, Thompson, Pike, Morton, Nixon, McConville (Lyons 59), McConnell (Dalzell 79), Browne, Wright (Upton 70), Kingsberry, Doyle. Sub: Wilson.
Referee: Wesley Campbell (Augher).