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Liggett double does the trick for Lisburn Distillery

Published 12/01/2011

Lisburn Distillery 3 Newry City 1: Lisburn Distillery marched into the semi-final of the Co-Operative Insurance Cup for the second time in three seasons thanks to a brace from frontman Gary Liggett.

Liggett opened the scoring on six minutes, a smashing finish, but what a super pass from Glenn Ferguson to create the opening.

His precise angled ball enabled Liggett to smash home a low shot from the edge of the box.

The Whites then went two-up five minutes later, Mark Patton fired in a low cross in from the left and Liggett raced in at the near-post unchallenged to coolly slot home.

City did have the ball in net on 10 minutes, but Francis Murphy was well offside and on-loan keeper Stuart Addis wasn't tested until 25 minutes.

That signalled a spell of pressure from the visitors with Addis then making a good save from a Matt Hazley effort.

Gerry Flynn's visitors were out of luck on 35 minutes when Murphy's close range effort smashed off the underside of the bar, onto the line and out.

It should have gone in and the former Whites winger then missed another gilt-edged chance two minutes later, firing wide at the back post from Tommy McCallion's corner.

City kept the pressure and momentum up after the break, Andy Graham forcing Addis into another good save, the striker then heading the resultant corner over.

Liggett capped off a polished performance on 54 minutes racing clear before sliding the ball across goal and Patton fired home. Newry didn't give up, Darren Murray netting in added time, but it was scant consolation for them.

Lisburn Distillery: Addis, A Devlin, Simpson, Curran, McShane, Browne (G Thompson 63), Cooling, Kilmartin, Patton (Cushley 75), Liggett, Ferguson. Subs: Forsythe, McCluskey, S Thompson.

Newry City: Coleman, Hagan, Munster, McDonnell, Black, McCallion, Hazley, Murphy (Murray 46), Downey, Teggart (Keenan 69), Graham. Subs: R Devlin, Havern, King. Referee: Alan Black (Antrim).

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