HOT on the heels of Saturday’s disappointing end to the Loughgall game at the Riverside Stadium, Institute are back in action this evening in the North-West Senior Cup final. (7.45 p.m.)
And while the Drumahoe side’s boss, Paul Kee, would have preferred to give his side a much needed rest from competitive action, he must now prepare for the visit of near neighbours, Newbuildings in what’s expected to be a highly competitive affair.
In fact, with Institute struggling for numbers following last weekend’s share of the spoils, Kee confirmed that several members of his playing staff were carrying knocks.
When asked if he could have done without the final being played this week, he answered in the affirmative.
“Given the injuries we have at the moment, I would probably have preferred not to have to play the North-West Senior Cup final,” he said.
“But the match has been scheduled and we have to get on with it.”
“I had wanted to give the players a rest but, then again, it’s an opportunity to call in members of our youth team.
“And after our performance against Loughgall, I think it will be important to freshen up things, particularly in the final third as we lacked fight, energy and strength to make things happen.”
Darren McCauley, Mattie Crossan (both thigh problems) are doubtful starters for tonight’s game against Newbuildings, as are Aaron Walsh (‘flu) and Graham Crown (knee).
“Stephen Parkhouse is back in training and, hopefully, Paddy McLaughlin got through the Loughgall game okay as he has just returned from injury, but I may opt to include some of the young lads who have been playing well for the youth team,” he concluded.