‘Stute Face Tasty Irish Cup Clash With Dergview

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INSTITUTE can afford to take absolutely nothing for granted when they entertain bitter rivals, Dergview, in the fourth round of Irish Cup tomorrow afternoon. (3.00 p.m.)

The Co. Tyrone side had two men sent off during the early stages of a Championship encounter against ‘Stute and despite having been numerically inferior for almost 80 minutes, they battled hard to earn a point after a 1-1 result.

But matches between these two are always physical encounters and this weekend’s fixture will be no different.

“The last couple of matches has seen a wee bit of niggle and there will also be an edge to this weekend’s tie,” admitted team boss, Paul Kee.

“The Irish Cup is important in terms of finances and if we get past Dergview then we have a chance of drawing a decent home tie so, hopefully, we will have a good crowd in Drumahoe for this weekend’s game because we are trying to play entertaining football. If people come and watch us they will see what we are attempting to do achieve and I think that will be evident against Dergview.”

While ’Stute were producing a decent display last weekend at the Riverside Stadium, Dergview sustained a 3-1 home defeat to in-form Warrenpoint Town, but Kee refused to take anything for granted.

“This cup tie is a Championship side against a Championship side and I know that Dergview will be making every effort to come to Drumahoe and win.

“Tommy Canning and Adrian Forbes will have the team highly motivated, but we just have to stand up to them. We have built up a good head of steam and we want that momentum to continue,” he concluded.