Cup Joy for Distillery

Lisburn Distillery booked their place in the last sixteen of the Irish Cup this week with a superb win over PSNI in their fifth round replay.

David Wright celebrates his goal with Mark Lyons and Stuart Thompson. Photo by Jonathan Irwin.

Whites boss Tommy Kincaid was delighted with the response of his men following last Saturday’s disappointing display away to Carrick.

Speaking after Tuesday’s 2-0 win at Newforge, Kincaid said: “I am well pleased.

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“The whole club is pleased, the coaches, players, the supporters. This was a big game for us.”

Tuesday’s poor weather didn’t seem to distract the men from New Grosvenor, despite the tough conditions.

“The pitch was good,” Kincaid commented. “The weather itself was poor. Sometimes it helps when it’s raining with the ball zipping about, but they were tough conditions.

“It was all about asking questions after Saturday. Saturday was very disappointing, not just the result, but the performance. The second half in particular disappointed me. Before the cup match I told the boys a few home truths and they responded.

“PSNI are a good side, they had a couple of people missing, we had a couple of people missing. We had a couple of chances in the first half we should have finished and you thought ‘is it going to be one of those days?’, but our two goals were superb. If they were shown on Match of the Day they would still be being talked about now.”

The Whites now have a free weekend before they travel to Dundela in the league on February 1, and their sixth round Cup match against Queen’s University will take place on February 8.

“If we beat Queen’s we’re in the quarter final,” Kincaid said. “But the same can be said for Queen’s. I am not taking anything for granted.”