Gary is spot on for Whites

CRUSADERS 3 LISBURN DISTILLERY 3

Distillery won 5-4 on penalties

GARY Thompson and hat-trick star Jordan Hughes emerged the heroes for Lisburn Distllery as they booked a place in the semi-final of the County Antrim Shield at Seaview on Wednesday night.

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Having missed a host of chances at Seaview on Saturday against Carrick, the Whites found their shooting boots at Shore Road to race into a two goal lead.

On nine minutes the game came to life in spectacular fashion when Jordan Hughes unleashed a super shot from 30 yards out which flew into the top corner of the net.

The Crues were saved by the woodwork on 17 minutes when a free kick from David Cushley rebounded to safety, but there was no stopping the visitors and they doubled the lead on 17 minutes. A misplaced pass from Paul Leeman was picked up by David McCullough who linked up with Cushley and his pass set up Hughes who fired the ball past O’Neill in the home goal.

What a start for the Whites. However, the Crues responded soon after with Jordan Owens drilling a low drive past Brennan.

Owens just failed to level the scores on 33 minutes after seeing a header hit the post.

Early in the second half Andrew Ferguson brought down David Rainey in the box and referee Raymond Crangle awarded a penalty which was duely dispatched by Colin Coates and it was all square.

The Whites did not wilt and bounced back to take the lead again with Aaron Callaghan making a great run down the right flank and when the ball came in Hughes was on hand to make it 3-2 and clinch a superb hat-trick.

It could have been all over for the Crues had a thumping drive by Cushley not have smashed off the bar. With seven minutes left Timmy Adamson forced extra-time and it was then on to the dreaded penalty decider.

At 4-4 Brennan made a crucial save to deny Caddell which left Thompson to fire home and clinch it for the visitors.

GARY Thompson and hat-trick star Jordan Hughes emerged the heroes for Lisburn Distllery as they booked a place in the semi-final of the County Antrim Shield at Seaview on Wednesday night.

Having missed a host of chances at Seaview on Saturday against Carrick, the Whites found their shooting boots at Shore Road to race into a two goal lead.

On nine minutes the game came to life in spectacular fashion when Jordan Hughes unleashed a super shot from 30 yards out which flew into the top corner of the net.

The Crues were saved by the woodwork on 17 minutes when a free kick from David Cushley rebounded to safety, but there was no stopping the visitors and they doubled the lead on 17 minutes. A misplaced pass from Paul Leeman was picked up by David McCullough who linked up with Cushley and his pass set up Hughes who fired the ball past O’Neill in the home goal.

What a start for the Whites. However, the Crues responded soon after with Jordan Owens drilling a low drive past Brennan.

Owens just failed to level the scores on 33 minutes after seeing a header hit the post.

Early in the second half Andrew Ferguson brought down David Rainey in the box and referee Raymond Crangle awarded a penalty which was duely dispatched by Colin Coates and it was all square.

The Whites did not wilt and bounced back to take the lead again with Aaron Callaghan making a great run down the right flank and when the ball came in Hughes was on hand to make it 3-2 and clinch a superb hat-trick.

It could have been all over for the Crues had a thumping drive by Cushley not have smashed off the bar. With seven minutes left Timmy Adamson forced extra-time and it was then on to the dreaded penalty decider.

At 4-4 Brennan made a crucial save to deny Caddell which left Thompson to fire home and clinch it for the visitors.