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Waterworth and Whites aiming for the top four

By Graham Luney

Published 20/09/2007

Andrew Waterworth's warning to the rest of the Carnegie Premier League is, " Distillery aren't here to make up the numbers".

Manager Paul Kirk has laid down a top four and Setanta Sports Cup qualification challenge to his men, leaving them in no doubt about the standards demanded at Ballyskeagh.

Waterworth, who doesn't need to go looking for shooting boots after netting for the Northern Ireland Under-21 side against Luxembourg and for the Whites against Larne last week, believes the players can fulfil Kirk's dream.

"Last season we finished fifth but we had a disastrous end to the campaign," said the 21-year-old.

"We want to play Setanta Cup football and when you look at the players we have it is within our grasp.

"We have one of the best squads in the league, Ryan McCann and Andy Kilmartin are quality midfielders while Darren Armour is a goal machine.

" If everyone can stay fit we will have a fantastic season because this is the strongest squad I have been involved in. My confidence is high and I want to score at least 15 goals this season."

The Whites, who will tackle Linfield in the quarter-finals of the CIS Insurance Cup next month, begin their league campaign at Coleraine.

"We know they have a strong squad and a superb manager in Marty Quinn," added Waterworth. " When I was a kid I watched Tommy McCallion play and realised then how good he was."

Belfast Telegraph

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