Institute Football Club completes its first round of fixtures in the Irish Championship tomorrow afternoon at Inver Park. (Kick-off 3 p.m.)
And manager, Paul Kee is hoping for a victory which will set the tone for a profitable festive period.
Following tomorrow’s clash against a rejuvenated Larne side, ‘Stute host Dergview at Riverside Stadium on December 28th before visiting Coagh United on January 4th.
However, as a result of the club’s fourth round exit in the Irish Cup to Lisburn Distillery, the Christmas fixture congestion isn’t as bad as it could have been.
Kee has always maintained that he will assess his club’s position after Christmas and he will be quietly pleased should his team end the year inside the top three.
‘Stute are currently three points adrift of the leaders, Dundela who have two games in hand.
And he will have drilled in to his players the importance of keeping on the coat-tails of the leading pack with victory tomorrow.
An emphatic 1-8 victory over amateur league side, Shorts FC in the Intermediate Cup third round was ‘Stute’s first win in four games.
And Kee is hoping his side can maintain that free-scoring form going into the next two league clashes.
“We shared the goals around the team against Shorts and that’s pleasing,” said the ‘Stute boss.
“Scoring eight goals at Shorts was a nice reflection on how we played, but to be honest that match is now gone and we have to build on it at Larne on Saturday.”
TOUGH MATCH AHEAD
Tomorrow’s match will be a lot tougher than the Intermediate Cup outing, however as Larne have hit a bit of form of late.
And David McAlinden’s group of players will be in confident mood after seeing off the challenge of Chimney Corner in the cup last week.
“This will be a totally different and harder game for us,” admitted Kee.
“It’s always difficult at Larne, but we have had good results up there the last couple of years,” he added.
“Under new management they have done well and are going to be very committed like most of the championship teams and we are expecting that type of a match.
“We want to keep our momentum going and we need the same intensity in our offensive third this weekend as we showed against Shorts.”