Ferry in line for ‘Stute debut at Ballymena tonight

Institute manager Paul Kee expects a tough test at the Ballymena Showgrounds tonight.
Institute manager Paul Kee expects a tough test at the Ballymena Showgrounds tonight.

INSTITUTE’s hectic start to the season continues at the Ballymena Showgrounds tonight and Paul Kee expects a tough test against the second placed ‘Braidmen’. (Kick-off 7.45 p.m.)

New signing, Eugene Ferry is expected to come straight into the starting line-up for tonight’s clash having finally received his clearance from the IFA.

The former Derry City goalkeeper missed out in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Warrenpoint as the club hadn’t received the relevant paper work in time, but he is expected to be between the sticks for ‘Stute’s second home game of the campaign.

Striker, Cormac Burke, however, is considered a major doubt after limping off in the first half of Saturday’s game with a hamstring strain.

‘Stute boss, Paul Kee was in the attendance at Mourneview Park last Friday night as he watched Ballymena United lose 2-1 to Glenavon - a defeat which ended the Braidmen’s four game unbeaten run.

Despite that set-back, Kee is expecting a difficult test tonight as his players continue to adapt to the demands of the Premiership.

“We have a tough match on Tuesday,” he said. This is only our second game away from home. Dungannon was our first and we had four games on the trot at the Riverside.

“Tuesday night will be a totally different scenario to the Dungannon game but the Showgrounds at the minute is in good condition and that will suit us.

“We’re still working on our Premier League mentality. You can see clearly the difference between the Premiership and the Championship - there’s no hiding places and there’s action all the time. We just have to keep up our momentum and we’ll get fitter once games go on.”

Meanwhile, Institute will host Ballinamallard in the third round of the Wasp Solutions League Cup. The tie to be played at the Riverside Stadium on Tuesday, October 7th.