Lisburn Distillery boss Tommy Kincaid has been on the wrong end of an Irish Cup upset in the past – and he doesn’t want a repeat when the Whites entertain Championship 2 side Queen’s University at Ballyskeagh on Saturday.
A place in the quarter-finals and a likely meeting with one of the bigger guns would be just the ticket for Kincaid’s team, who beat the students’ league rivals PSNI 2-0 in a replay after a scoreless draw in the previous round.
Distillery came away from Newforge with the princely sum of £25 as their share of the gate receipts but the prospect of a much bigger cash injection with a win tomorrow is the perfect incentive.
“We could certainly do with the prize money although I don’t think I’ll be getting a pay rise if we do get through but we are expecting a tough game from Queen’s who are on PSNI’s coat tails in their league.” said Kincaid.
“I went along to watch them beat Glentoran II in the intermediate Cup on Saturday and I was very impressed with what I saw.
“They have a couple of very nippy forwards and former Donegal Celtic player James Lavery looked very sharp while they have a very good keeper in Declan Brown who also has Premiership experience with DC.
“I have already been bitten before when I was manager of Larne and we lost to Killyleagh YC in the Cup so we’ll be giving them all the respect they deserve.”
Queen’s manager Peter Thompson says that promotion into the Championship is the priority for his side who have lost only once in the league all season and defeated Distillery’s rivals Limavady United in the last round.
“Limavady look like they might go down while our aim is to go up so having a wee run in the Cup is a bonus.” he said. “But we will go there with a positive attitude and try to take the game to them without being gung-ho about it. They have a very strong defence, well marshalled by Darren Nixon but there’s no pressure on us as they play in the Championship where the standard is higher.”