Whites confident of first victory of the season

Lisburn Distillery boss Tommy Kincaid reckons his side's performance against Ballyclare was the best of his time at the club so far. US1533-504cd
Lisburn Distillery boss Tommy Kincaid reckons his side's performance against Ballyclare was the best of his time at the club so far. US1533-504cd

‘More of the same, please, boys.’

Lisburn Distillery boss Tommy Kincaid’s team-talk on Saturday is likely to go a little something like that.

The Whites host Larne at New Grosvenor this weekend (kick-off 3pm), still battling to secure their first win of the Championship One season.

However, the boss felt they should have got all three points at Ballyclare last week, when his lads put in an out-standing performance.

“We played really, really well,” he told the ‘STAR.’ “It’s as good as I’ve seen any Distillery team that I have been in charge of playing. If we had taken our chances in that game, it would have been over before they got their goal.

“If the boys can match that endeavour and commitment and apply themselves in the same way but add that finishing touch, we’ll get our first win soon.”

Distillery had led since the 57th minute at New Grosvenor as Sean Southam lashed home from a telling BJ McMenamin cross.

The Whites could have put the game to bed but were punished for their wasteful nature in front of goal as Andrew Simpson bundled home an 87th minute equaliser to deny Distillery the victory.

Their solitary point does at least leave them in better shape than the Harbour Rats, who have limped to two defeats to both Knockbreda and Dergview in their opening games of the campaign.

Kincaid, however, is warning his players that Larne will be no push-overs on Saturday afternoon, as they showed on Tuesday night when they ran out 3-1 winners at home to Loughgall in the JBE League Cup.

“They’re a good side,” he said. “At this stage of the season, it takes everyone a while to settle so I’m not reading into the fact that they’ve lost two league games.

“This is going to be a very, very tough game for us.”

Last time the sides met at New Grosvenor, Larne ran out easy 4-0 winners. However, Kincaid is confident that his side will be an altogether different prospect for their opponents this time around as he claims he has now assembled the best squad he has had at the club so far.