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Wright aiming for knockout blow

By Stuart McKinley

Tommy Wright is setting his sights on goal as Lisburn Distillery aim to give their season a lift by making the quarter-finals of the Co-operative Insurance Cup.

Wright takes his men to Coleraine this evening, hoping to make it through to a last eight battle with Cliftonville — the first leg of which will take place on Saturday.

And the Distillery boss believes that the 1-0 lead they carry from the first meeting means that getting onto the scoresheet will give his team a fantastic opportunity to go head-to-head with the Reds for a semi-final berth.

“With the first leg being played in midweek and coming just a few days after Coleraine had beaten Glentoran 6-0 at the Oval I think the result was forgotten about really,” said Wright.

“It has given the players a bit of confidence from beating a team that has been in a good run of form and a belief that we can win games.

“It’s only half-time in the tie though, but the fact that we hold a 1-0 lead means that if we go there and score then they need to score three times to knock us out.

“That gives us something to aim for and that’s what I’ll be laying down to the players.”

The Whites’ league struggles haven’t really eased, despite Saturday’s success away to Ballymena United, because Institute — the team they are trying to catch — claimed a full three points at Crusaders.

The Ballyskeagh men remain seven points adrift at the foot of the table with just three wins and a draw from their 19 games so far.

And they will need to collect a lot more than that in the remaining 19 matches in order to escape the drop.

“The main thing for us is to stay in the Premiership and we’re working hard to get the points on the board to do that,” said Wright.

“Progress in the Co-operative Insurance Cup would benefit the team and the club as a whole.

“Winning becomes a habit and we want to try to get ourselves on a winning run.

“As well as that there are financial benefits and Cliftonville would bring a good crowd to Ballyskeagh if we can get through.”

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