Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Lisburn Distillery want to book into Europa

Gary Browne is planning to fire Lisburn Distillery into Europe — just 12 months after the Whites performed a great escape from relegation.



The former Man City man wants to see the amazing form that saw the Whites beat the drop repeated, as they try to close a 10-point gap on Crusaders and make their Europa League dream can come true.

Distillery are currently seventh in the Carling Premiership, but will move to within a point of fifth-placed Glenavon with a win against Marty Quinn’s side at Mourneview Park tomorrow.

“The start of last season was crazy, we didn’t really know what was going on and we just couldn’t get a win,” said Browne.

“At the end of the season though we were showing championship winning form. We wanted to carry that on into this season and we did start well.

“We’ve always felt that we had the potential to be taking on the teams in the top six. In fact, our aim has been the top four and we’ll not be giving up on that.

“If we can get a few wins together we’ll be right up there again and getting into Europe would be fantastic for the club.”

Browne celebrated his 28th birthday at the beginning of the week, but he is still a relative youngster in Tommy Wright’s attack when you consider Glenn Ferguson is 41-years-old.

Others may have scored more goals this season, but despite his age nobody can match the former Northern Ireland international’s all-round game and Browne relishes every training session.

“Glenn Ferguson is brilliant to play with and brilliant to train with,” said Browne.

“Although he’s about 67 now he’s a model pro! He wants to be at every training session and despite the manager giving him nights off he never misses.

“I’ve been able to learn so much from him.”

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