Irish Cup Round 5 Review

2125211_w2Linfield claimed victory in Saturdays big match in the fifth round of the Irish Cup thanks to an extra time winner from former Glentoran man Andrew Waterworth.
Glentoran had taken a first half lead through Curtis Allen as he fired in on the turn the ball flying past the ever present Roy Carroll in the Linfield goal.
However Glentoran sat back and tried to see out the win , Linfield levelled the affair midway through the second half when Stephen Lowry was left unmarked at the back-post to fire past Elliot Morris.

Northern Irelands most successful side then started to take control of the game as Morris was called into action to deny Aaron Burns who started all the attacks for the Blues.

So after the ninety minutes the game went into extra-time after the IFA scraped replays two seasons ago.

It was in the closing stages of the first half in extra time that Linfield took the lead through Waterworth as he beat Morris from a tight angle with a controlled finish.

Glentoran brought on target man Stephen O’Flynn and that changed the whole complexity of the Glens game as they lumped long balls up to the target man losing all their shape.
A massive win for David Healys side who will now travel to Institute in round six , Holders Glenavon also made the sixth round after beating intermediate league side Portstewart.
Portstewart give the Lurgan Blues an early fright going ahead but the visitors showed their premiership quality by responding through goals from Kris Lindsay and January signing James Gray who later scored his second from the penalty spot.

Andy McGrory also was on the score-sheet from the penalty spot. After a poor recent run of results in the league this result is a massive boost for Gary Hamilton to give his side confidence in the league.

James Gray impressing the Mourneview faithful with his first goals for the club his pace also giving the supporters something to smile about.

Cliftonvilles Irish Cup curse continued as they were beaten in a thrilling penalty shootout by Ballymena Unuted. Tony Kane had put David Jefferys United ahead with a stunning free-kick that left Reds keeper Peter Burke with no chance of saving.
His celebrations however were turned to blushes just before the break as he saw his penalty saved by Burke just before the break, this allowed Cliftonville to go and level through Ross Lavery who has been on the fringes this season of the first team.

Lavery is a very impressive player he has so much quality in the current situation the Reds are in he should be getting more game-time he has so much flare and knows where the net is.

Ballymena held their nerve in the shoot-out that saw Chris Curran and Martin Donnelly miss for the Reds.

Crusaders also made the next round as they soundly defeated Ards 2-0 thanks to an own goal from Emmett Friars and Michael Carvill the Crues will face Psni in round six.

Alan McMurtry gave Lisburn Distillery the lead against PSNI but the visitors fought back to secure a 2-1 win through Owen Moody and Ryan Berry.

PSNI had two disallowed goals in this game but it was delight for the Whites faithful before the break as the Inform McMurtry continued his fine goalscoring spree before the break.
Young McMurtry signed from Linfield in the summer is really showing his quality with a calm head in-front of goal very exciting to watch for all Distillery fans.

Ryan Berry formerly of Glentoran broke the Whites hearts with a late winner the assist coming from Former Distillery man Darius Roohi.

Eamonn McAllister and William McCracken’s goals put Crewe United into the last 16 for the first time with a 2-1 win away to Knockbreda who replied with a Mark Cooling penalty.
This was very shock of round five an incredible feat for the Crumlin based side They will now face Warrenpoint Town away in Round Six after the point defeated Premiership side Ballinamallard United on penalties.

Article by Josh Bunting

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