Lisburn teams strive for round five

Lisburn Distillery boss Sean Paul Murray and Lisburn Rangers' Paul Kirk (below) are both hoping to shepherd their sides into the Irish Cup fifth round this weekend.
Lisburn Distillery boss Sean Paul Murray and Lisburn Rangers' Paul Kirk (below) are both hoping to shepherd their sides into the Irish Cup fifth round this weekend.

Two Lisburn teams are hoping they can get their names in the Irish Cup hat alongside the top clubs in Northern Ireland.

Lisburn Distillery and Lisburn Rangers are both in fourth round action tomorrow (Saturday), aiming to secure a spot in the next round draw alongside the 12 Danske Bank 
Premiership sides.

Distillery host fellow Championship One team Knockbreda at New Grosvenor while Rangers face a tough trip to take on Armagh City at Holm Park (both games kicking off at 1.30pm).

Lisburn Distillery have lost seven league games on the trot and sit second bottom. Boss Sean Paul Murray is looking forward to a chance to escape the rigours of a tough campaign.

“It’s a chance to get the feel-good factor up,” he said. “We’re going to try and win every game. It’s the best habit to get into.

“We’ve three games before Christmas and we want to get a result in them all. In saying that, it’s going to be a difficult game on Saturday

“It’s also a chance to get away from the pressure the boys face in every league game. Hopefully they can play with a bit more freedom and more belief.”

Rangers, meanwhile, are a whopping 37 league places below their opponents but manager Paul Kirk says a Cup upset is far from beyond 
his troops.

“It’s good for us that we’re in a position that we could do it,” he said about reaching the fifth round.

“We have nothing to lose. We’re a 1A team playing a Championship team.

“But we’re a good 1A team. We’ve got some great players here and players that will cause them problems.

“If we were to go to Armagh and get a result, I wouldn’t be surprised at all. It’s a one-off game for us. We can empty the tank and go for it.”

The fourth round ties will be played a finish, with 30 minutes extra time and penalties if required.