INSTITUTE may well have a Coca Cola Irish Intermediate Cup final to look forward to next month but the club’s joint manager, Paul Carlyle has challenged his players to finish their league campaign on a high.
Simon Collins reports
The Drumahoe club recorded a 2-1 victory over Dergview in Tuesday night’s Cup semi-final against Dergview at Stangmore Park to book their place in their third cup final of the season.
First half goals from Sean Roddy and Neil Harkin proved enough to claim victory despite former ‘Stute striker, Ryan Campbell’s late penalty kick making it a nervous finale to the clash.
And with promotion to the Irish Premiership now highly unlikely with four games remaining, Carlyle can look forward to that cup final at Moyola Park on Monday, May 7th where they’ll meet either Newry or Larne who played last night.
Tuesday’s performance was a massive improvement from last weekend’s league defeat to HW Welders and Carlyle is hoping his players can take that form into Saturday’s visit to Loughgall.
“We’ve shot ourselves in the foot so many times this season in the league but we have a lot of inexperienced players and they’ll learn from that.
“While I would say any hopes of promotion are gone now with four matches left, we have nobody to blame but ourselves.
“We’ve always wanted to finish the season on a high and we’ve done well in cups this season, we’ve reached another cup final at the end of the season but we want to be doing well in everything.”
Institute raced into a two goal lead in the first half of Tuesday’s semi-final and they should really have been out of sight when Campbell slotted home that late penalty.
Three minutes into the game ‘Stute opened the scoring in spectacular fashion. Sean Roddy’s free-kick on the edge of the box was superbly curled over the wall and despite McCusker’s best attempts to keep it out, the ball hit the underside of the bar and went in.
The Waterside men deservedly doubled their lead on 35 minutes when McLaughlin’s teasing centre found Neil Harkin and the midfielder made no mistake drilling the ball home.
Dergview were awarded a soft penalty on 70 minutes when Dean Jarvis handled needlessly inside the box after he mis-judged a high ball and Campbell converted the resulting spot-kick.
Dergview: McCusker, McMenamin, McCaskie, Gallagher, Walsh; Burns, Cashel, Sproule, Arkinson; McManus, Campbell. Subs: Mullen for Cashel (76); Buchanan, Carlin, Lecky & Porter (not used).
Institute: Gallagher, Roddy, McLaughlin, Crown, Jarvis; Semple, Harkin, McEneff, McKeever; McCrudden; Walsh. Subs: McCauley for Harkin (56); McCready for Walsh (80); Taylor, Curran & McCarron (not used).
Referee: Mr Andrew Davey.