BetMcLean Cup


29 Aug 2023
© Paul Harvey Action from the Bluebell Stadium

Lisburn Distillery, Dollingstown, Moyola Park and Portstewart progressed in the BetMcLean Cup following victories in Tuesday’s four remaining Preliminary Round ties.

The Whites were top scorers on the night after hitting four past Ballymacash Rangers and exacting revenge following a league reversal when the sides met at the weekend.

Distillery held a strong three-goal advantage at the break. They moved in front on 24 minutes courtesy of a strong Jamie Devenny finish, before goals from Michael Gallagher and Ryan McNickle in the closing moments of the first half.

Rangers pulled one back through Carl McComb ten minutes after the interval, but they couldn’t find a way back into the game – and their fate was sealed in stoppage time when Gallagher doubled up with Distillery’s fourth.

Portstewart squeezed past Rathfriland Rangers on penalties at Mullaghacall.

The Seahawks moved in front after a quarter-of-an-hour through Joel Bradley, a lead they held until two minutes from time when Ruari Fitzpatrick levelled for the visitors.

The game had to be settled on spot-kicks with Glenn Law knocking home the winning penalty for the home side.

Moyola Park edged past PSNI at The Dub. Scoreless at the break, the deadlock was finally broken by substitute Conall Doherty who popped up on 78 minutes to ensure safe passage for the visitors.

Meanwhile, at Planters Park, ten men Dollingstown held on to get past Armagh City by the odd goal in three.

The Dollybirds raced into a two-goal lead with goals from Harry Adair and Jonathan Ewart with less than 20 minutes on the clock.

They suffered the dismissal of keeper Macauley Cairns later in the first half, but despite Noeem Oladunjoye pulling one back for the Eagles just before the break the home side weathered the storm to successfully reach the next stage.