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Cup switch just not Wright for Lisburn Distillery

Lisburn Distillery gave themselves a great chance of making the second round of the Setanta Sports Cup after their scoreless draw away to UCD in Dublin on Monday night.

Manager Tommy Wright, however, claims it’s a tie that the Whites shouldn’t be playing.

Distillery’s original opponents, Sporting Fingal, pulled out of the competition just five days before it was due to kick-off, with the organisers swiftly bringing UCD to replace them.

“In my opinion we should have got a bye into the next round,” said Wright, whose team will host UCD at Ballyskeagh in the return tie on Monday week.

“The team that we were supposed to play couldn’t fulfil the fixture, so that should have been us automatically through.

“It’s different if a team pulls out before the draw is made, then I can understand the organisers bringing someone else in, but we’re dictated to by the rules of the competition.”

The Whites face Donegal Celtic in the Carling Premiership tomorrow. A victory, combined with other results going their way, would see Wright’s men move into fifth place in the league tomorrow night.

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“We’re not looking too far ahead of ourselves,” said Wright.

“We’ve had a good run in the Co-operative Insurance Cup and have that final against Portadown to look forward to in a few weeks.

“A good run in the league would help us build confidence.”

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