Paddy ‘Mac’ doubtful for Newry Trip

Institute’s Paddy McLaughlin was fit and ready to face Dergview prior to last weekend’s postponed game, but the centre-half is now struggling to be fit for this weekend’s trip to the Newry Showgrounds!

Now aged 32, the Creggan man sustained an ankle injury when taking part in a training session and is now struggling to be fit for tomorrow’s Championship fixture.

“Because the match at Dergview was called off, we were training on the pitches across from the ground and during the warm-up I was running backwards and ran straight into a pothole or divot which wrecked my ankle,” he lamented.

“Thankfully the damage isn’t as bad as I first feared. I thought I had broken my ankle, but I think I may have hurt a few ligaments. I haven’t given up the hope of playing against Newry as the injury is healing quickly, but we’ll have to wait and see,” he the player.

Delighted to remain unbeaten after his side’s opening two games against Carrick and Tobermore, McLaughlin was happy with the start to the season.

“It has been a tough start, but it has also been a good start by us. We travelled to Carrick and as they are one of the favourites for the league title, I was happy to come away with a point. We actually could have come away with a win, but I was happy with the result which was followed up with a home win over Tobermore.

“However, we have to keep the run going and it will be a tough game at Newry on Saturday. I think they have retained the majority of their squad from last season and I think their only problem was their manager leaving (Pat McGibbon). It will be tough for us, but we seem to rise to the occasion in such matches,” concluded McLaughlin.