Published Tuesday, 12 March 2013
Joshua Robinson held his nerve to help see Crusaders through. (© Pacemaker)
Joshua Robinson kept his nerve to put the Crues through 4-3 on penalties but French goalkeeper Yohann Lacroix also played a part saving Lisburn's first two penalties.
Chris Morrow, David Rainey and Craig McClean also hit the net for Crusaders with their spot kicks in a dramatic finish.
Crusaders made the early running but apart from a couple of half chances there was very little between the teams in the rest of the first half.
Eight minutes after the restart and the visitors made the breakthrough and it was striker Jordan Owens who found the back of the net on 52 minutes, his 13th goal of the season giving Stephen Baxter's men the edge.
In recent weeks Lisburn Distillery have shown they are finally finding some dogged resistance and form and they were back on level terms on 75 minutes when substitute Mickey Withers made it 1-1.
It remained deadlocked at the final whistle forcing extra-time and the prospect of a dreaded penalty shoot-out.
Neither team could find the all important winner so it was all down to penalties.
It was tough on the battling Whites, but cup specialists Crusaders march on to the last four with their game at The Oval to be played on 6 April.
Lisburn Distillery: Windrum, Smyth, Hunter, Simpson, Harkness, Melly, McCann, Davidson, Gordon, Hallidy, Hughes.
Crusaders: LaCroix; King, Magowan, Robinson, Leeman, McClean; Adamson, Heatley, Owens, Caddell, Morrow.