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We can still win in Finland insists Kirk

By Billy Weir

Published 23/06/2008

Paul Kirk was dejected but determined after watching Lisburn Distillery slip to a 3-2 defeat in the home leg of their Intertoto Cup clash with TPS Turku on Saturday.

The Whites boss went through the full gamut of emotions on a day that would certainly put the mockers on those who reckon summer football is the way ahead.

Anoraks and umbrellas were the order of the day at the Ballymena Showgrounds, Distillery's home for the day, and it was probably just as stormy in the Whites' dressing room afterwards as Kirk bemoaned his side's generous defending.

Darren Armour opened the scoring and finished it with a penalty for the Whites but in between Aristides Pertot with two and Mika Aaritalo pounced for the Finns ahead of next Sunday's return leg in Turku.

"We went in 1-0 up and deserved it and in the second-half I thought we were really in control of the game until they scored," said Kirk.

"Once they scored we seemed to panic a bit, but the second goal annoyed me because they got around the back far too easily. I still feel we can go over there and win because we have players who can cause them problems."

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