Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Football: Malone raps not so hotshots

Colin Malone blamed his shot-shy attack for yet another defeat in the CIS Insurance Cup.

GROUP C

GLENAVON 0

LISBURN DISTILLERY 1

Colin Malone blamed his shot-shy attack for yet another defeat in the CIS Insurance Cup.

That's the fifth beating in a row and Malone conceded: "We're poor up front."

Once again Glenavon enjoyed much of the possession and looked tight enough at the back and hard-working in midfield. But when it comes to the final third and making goalkeepers work for their pay they leave a lot to be desired.

Distillery rarely threatened but conjured up a match winning strike with only 10 minutes left.

Conor Hagan curled a shot just inside Paul Rice's left hand post and that was that.

Glenavon huffed and puffed but rarely looked like beating Philip Matthews.

However the Whites' keeper did bring off a super save near the end from sub Ciaran Quinn's 25-yard free-kick.

Matthews got both hands to the blistering drive over the wall and turned the ball away for a corner.

Matthews earlier did well to keep out a close range header from Paul Knight with his legs, although the Dublin striker will wonder how he failed to put away Nathan McConnell's cross.

Distillery boss Paul Kirk was happy at the outcome which keeps his side on course for a place in the knock-out section.

Malone, however, rapped: "We finished the better side in the first half but the second half was a bit of a damp squib."

GLENAVON: Rice 6; McDonnell 6, A Black 7, Charles 7, R Black 5; Gawley 5, Hunter 6, Hawthorne 5, Walsh 6; McConnell 5, Knight 5. Subs: Quinn 5, Forsythe 5, Mallon 6.

DISTILLERY: Matthews 7; Spence 6, Buchanan 7, Muir 7, Thompson 6; Hagan 6, Kilmartin 6, McCann 6, Murphy 6; Waterworth 5, McLaughlin 6. Subs: Martin 5, Verner 5.

REFEREE: Ken Ginnett (Carryduff) 6.