After a good start from Carniny they found themselves one down after failing to deal with a corner from the Belfast men who fired high into the net from close range on the second attempt. On the whole it was an even affair up to the break with the home side going in with a one goal deficit.
The home side were fastest out of the blocks in the second half and were soon back on level terms only one minute into the half when Aidan Scullion scored a fine individual goal beating his man on the wing and slipping a shot past the keeper. Carniny then took the lead through two quick fire goals with John Costello calmly netting from a Gary McMeekin square ball across the six yard box and Matthew McComb following up on a rebound from a Costello shot. Lower Shankill got themselves back into the game with a tidy goal as they hit Carniny on the break to make it 3-2. This only sparked the home side into action again and they deservedly restored the two goal cushion thanks to a volley from substitute Mark Butler. An error in the Carniny defence gifted Lower Shankill a life line against the run of play as the game wore on but Carniny held strong at the back marshalled by Andy Mulholland and Lloyd White and another penetrating run from the lively Scullion resulted in a penalty for the hosts. Talisman Gary McMeekin stepped up and coolly slotted the ball into the bottom corner to send Carniny through to the next round with no time for Shankill to respond.