The old ‘Binlid’ is hardly at the top of the list of any Manager or supporters priorities, but then again any one that ever won it will tell you they enjoyed it.
Jeez , ‘Unsteady’ Eddie Patterson has gone done in Cliftonville folklore as their greatest ever, yet he only ever won two ‘Binlids’!
Of course , with it only needing three victories to win the thing, the prize money , especially in our current financial straits is another added boost to do well.
Managers tend to use this competition to give game time to squad players and promising youngsters. Stephen Baxter is no different.
I fully expect to see most of Saturdays starting XI rested and game time given to debutant Matt Hazley, Jordan Owens, David Rainey , Niall Murphy, Chris Morrow and the returning Declan Caddell. Throw into the mix some of the promising youngsters like Ian West, Kyle Owens , Matthew Snoddy and Thomas Robinson , then the bulk of the first team squad can get a breather before the big test at Windsor Park on Saturday.
Lisburn Distillery have been a thorn in our side in League and cup , as of late. Who can forget our inept display in last years League Cup game, where we finally succumbed in a dismal penalty shoot-out!
They haven’t been in the best of form themselves, with their only win to date coming in the controversial 3-2 win at Coleraine. In Gary Liggett and Jordan Hughes they have attacking options and David Cushley has made a habit of coming off the bench and scoring against us.
We haven’t won a home match this season yet, it would be nice to do so against our old favourite Tommy Wright!