FORMER Derry City midfielder, Michael McCrudden is poised to make his Institute debut tomorrow afternoon as the Drumahoe club attempt to keep alive their hopes of a Cup treble this season.
With the Craig Memorial Cup and the North West Senior Cup stocked away safely in the club’s trophy room, joint manager, Paul Carlyle has targetted a third piece of silverware in the form of the Coca/Cola Intermediate Cup.
‘Stute take on fellow Championship side, Banbridge Town in the fifth round tie at the Riverside tomorrow (Kick-off 1.30 p.m.) and Carlyle feels the addition of McCrudden - who scored in last Friday night’s 3-0 friendly victory over Cockhill Celtic will provide a major boost to the club.
“Michael had a problem with his ankle, but after getting a scan he has got the all clear and he has been told to get back playing, so fingers crossed he’ll be in the squad for tomorrow.
“He comes with a lot of experience, he played with Newcastle United and Derry City, he’s a very, very good player, loads of ability and he knows the way we play and it suits him perfectly. I feel he could be that man who has that bit of class in the final third of the pitch, which we have been lacking in recent weeks.”
“We have a lot of success in cup competitions already this season and the Intermediate Cup is a big competition so we are looking to win it,” he concluded.