INSTITUTE will hope to continue their recent winning run tomorrow when Distillery return to Drumahoe, but Paul Kee must plan without his top marksman, Stephen O’Flynn.
The Co. Cork man picked up a groin strain following last week’s superb win over fellow title challengers, Bangor, and he’s expected to be out of action for a number of weeks.
O’Flynn has been in prolific form since joining ‘Stute and his loss at such a vital stage of the season could prove crucial.
Kee agreed that his striker’s absence could prove crucial,” said Kee.
“He has netted scored nine goals in five games and he netted another fantastic opportunist goal at Bangor,” added Kee.
“Stephen is obviously a big loss but now the younger players are going to have to try to step up to the mark.
“Darren McFadden has scored eight goals and while he’s still learning the game, this could prove to be his big opportunity.
“We have momentum now so, hopefully, all the players will feed off that and help us continue our good form.
“We certainly can’t get complacent as the Championship is a very competitive league and you must respect every team you play.”
Looking forward to tomorrow’s encounter, Kee insisted that his side must replicate their performance against Bangor.
“The players will be told that there’s absolutely no point in going to Bangor and not putting in the same type of performance against Distillery.
“We’ll be taking each game as it comes and that’s the most important thing.”
McFadden, McKeever to return
McFadden and Declan McKeever are likely to return to the squad this weekend, however, joining O’Flynn on the injury list is left-back Colm McLaughlin, who also picked up a hamstring injury last weekend.
“We have a big squad, but it’s still a case of all hands on deck at this time of the season.
“While we have a big squad to select from, we need to avoid picking up injuries and suspensions and we picked up a few bookings on Saturday which is unfortunate.
“Robbie Hume will also come into contention for the Distillery game – in fairness to him, he trained really well last week and he was unlucky not to be involved against Bangor last week.”