INSTITUTE’S HEAD of Development, Paul Kee was last night working feverously in attempts to find an emergency replacement for suspended goalkeeper, Alan Ryan in time for tomorrow’s trip to face Irish Championship leaders, Carrick Rangers. (Kick-off 3 p.m.).
SIMON COLLINS reports
The struggling Drumahoe men are amidst a goalkeeping crisis after their already thin bare squad was further depleted following Ryan’s suspension.
With the only other option being Youth team keeper, Cory Wilson, Kee was forced to look for a replacement and former Carrick Rangers goalkeeper, Ben Moane (pictured below) is expected to take his place between the sticks for tomorrow’s clash.
Kee explained that he had exhausted all other avenues in his search for Ryan’s replacement and was eager to conclude the emergency signing of Moane before the end of business last night.
“We’re in the process of signing a new goalkeeper ahead of Saturday’s game,” he confirmed. “Cory Wilson, our youth team keeper is are only other option at the club and it might be unfair to put him in for such a big game.
“This is the time of the season where we need everyone to be at their best and role their sleeves up and put a shift in and it wouldn’t be fair to throw him in at the deep end.
“We’ve exhausted all other options in and around the North West area and with people unavailable due to injury, work commitments or because they’re playing in the Ulster Senior League or whatever, there’s very little choice out there.
“There’s a couple of other players we’re looking at but we’ve got a keeper with First Division experience coming to training called Ben Moane and if he fits the bill then he’ll be starting against Carrick.”
Kee and team manager, Alan Blair also have concerns out-field as both Conor Lynch and Mark Nicell are suspended for the trip to Taylor’s Avenue and the management hinted that there could be one or two new arrivals in the next few weeks.
“We have three players out and the squad’s small enough so we’ll be hoping that we can get two or three new players into the squad and hopefully that will give the team the injection that it needs,” said Kee.
“We’re playing the league leaders but the players have been responsive following last weekend’s defeat and we’ll be going there to get points.”
The Waterside men certainly won’t be relishing the trip to Carrick as they desperately attempt to get themseleves out of trouble at the wrong end of the table.
‘Stute are currently three points off the bottom having played a game more than basement club Ballymoney United and relegation is a real possibility at this stage of the season.