Tommy Wright thrilled by Distillery Cup final triumph

Scott Davidson
Scott Davidson celebrates his Distillery equaliser at Mourneview Park

Lisburn Distillery boss Tommy Wright was thrilled after his substitutions helped the Whites edge out Portadown in the Co-operative Insurance Cup final.

The Whites trailed 1-0 at half-time but substitutes Scott Davidson and David Cushley replied to give Distillery their first major trophy since 1993.

"Was it tactical genius or luck? I don't care," said Wright.

"They had no fear. We thought that we might as well go out and give it a go and they did just that."

Wright added:"Scott has come back from Preston. He's only 18 but he's shown a lot of maturity this year.

"With Cush (Cushley), that's what he's good at - getting in behind people."

After Lisburn Distillery's financial troubles last season, Wright spoke of a "sweet victory for all the people who worked so hard to keep the club afloat".

It was also a special day for veteran striker Glenn Ferguson, who picked up his 30th winners medal in Irish League football in his final campaign.

"Tommy urged the boys to try and do it for me," said the 41-year-old former Northern Ireland striker.

"Thankfully the two lads have come on and changed the game for us.

"It's a great, great way to finish. I can hang the boot up now although I still have five games left.

"I'm really satisfied with my career and that's nailed it at the end."

Man-of-the-match Ferguson acknowledged that the Whites had been fortunate to be only 1-0 in arrears at the break after Matthew Tipton's stunning first-half strike.

"But we've got a lot of desire in this team and we had a good talk at half-time and came out and hand a good go at it."