Yesterday (Saturday) was the Irish League Cup Final at Mourneview Park in Lurgan between Distillery & Portadown FC. The two teams met last week in the Carling Irish Premier League – a game which Distillery won 2-1 at home. This week, it would be different, right??
Wrong. It finished 2-1 to Distillery.
And yet it shouldn’t have. ‘The Ports’ completely dominated the first half and although only went in at half time one nil up, there never looked like any danger that we wouldn’t be bringing home the cup. At half time, the Distillery Manager, Tommy Wright, brought on two young players and within 2 minutes of the restart the game was all square.
Portadown FC took five to ten minutes to gather themselves, but spent the rest of the game searching for the winner. Chance after chance went wide or over the top and yet the Distillery keeper hardly had a save to make in the second half. And then the sucker punch… in the last five minutes of ordinary time – probably closer to two minutes to go… and then three minutes of added time at the end of the 90… it wasn’t enough.
To be frank, Portadown FC should never have lost the final today, but I’m happy enough to let Distillery have their day in the sun.