DFC hosted high flying East Belfast in the McComb’s Coach Travel Intermediate Cup on Saturday and despite an assured start the visitors progressed to the next round courtesy of a 3-1 victory.
The home side should have went in front in the opening two minutes when Glenn Hand pulled a superb ball back across goal but from 2 yards out Liggett shot was miraculous cleared off the line.
Then a few minutes later they were punished at the back when an attempted clearance by Moffett was well saved by Maguire but the striker followed up quickly to hammer in the rebound.
Then on 25 minutes Johnson beat the static defence only to lob his shot over the keeper and over the crossbar.
The second half continued to be tight and Jones and King were replaced by McCullough and Thompson plus Patterson was also replaced by Gourley.
However the visitors scored twice in quick succession from the edge of the box and despite a late consolation from Liggett the game drifted away.
This was an awakening call overall to the team who will need to perform at a much higher tempo next week at home to Banbridge Town in the league with 2pm kick off.