McBride tipped for the top

Young Lisburn Distillery goalkeeper Ryan McBride has a bright football future ahead.

That’s the opinion of his management team after the 19 year-old helped his side to their 5-4 Irish Cup penalty shoot-out victory over Institute on Saturday afternoon.

“Ryan came in because Goosey (Robert) Robinson was out and he stood up to the mark again,” said boss Tommy Kincaid.

“He’s improving with every game and is a real talent. Our goalkeeping coach works with him every week and he says he hasn’t worked with a more talented young keeper.”

The boss was delighted with Saturday’s victory over in-form ‘Stute:

“It was a great win for us. A lot of people didn’t give us much of a chance going up there because they’re a good team and they’re going very well this year.”

Thanks to that victory, Distillery are now in the hat for the Fifth Round, alongside the entering Danske Bank Premiership clubs. The draw will take place on Monday at 11.30am and Kincaid just wants to stay at Ballyskeagh.

He said: “I’d take a home draw in the next round, to be honest. We’re getting a bit tired of travelling because we seem to do an awful lot of it playing in this league.

“Anybody at home would be a good draw for us but it would be even better if we were drawn against one of the big teams. That would be a bonus.”